Amber – Transforming Lives

What is Amber?

We see the potential in everyone.

Based at three residential centres in Devon, Wiltshire and Surrey, we offer a supported housing environment that’s a little bit different. Not just training and support to address specific personal issues but new experiences and opportunities that raise aspiration and challenge residents to take responsibility for their lives and move forward positively.

Based on our model of ‘dreams and desires’ we provide each individual with a bespoke, practical programme of activities that builds their skills and qualifications, develops their resilience and purpose, improves their confidence and wellbeing and focuses firmly on their strengths and interests. Ultimately our aim is to help as many young people as possible move on to sustainable work, a secure home and a fulfilling future.

Young people who come to Amber are aged from 16 to 30 and share their homes with a community of around 30 others. The average stay is 6 to 12 months but there is no fixed limit. We have clearly enforced rules and a tight structure to the week at Amber but it’s also a fun a caring place to be – a temporary home that offers the time, space, support and encouragement those young people so often need to turn their lives around.

We work in small teams and focus on four key areas – accommodation; employment; health and wellbeing; fun and participation. Based around a core weekly timetable, our staff deliver or facilitate a programme of training and activities that includes:

  • Practical life skills such as cooking, cleaning, tenancy and financial management
  • Team working, peer support, core educational skills and communications
  • Creative projects involving art, crafts, music, film and drama
  • Giving back, community engagement and volunteering
  • Work experience, CV writing and mock interviews

More than anything, Amber is like an extended family – and we’re always there.


What young people gain

  • 24 hour residential support
  • Community engagement
  • Motivation and self-belief
  • Counselling and peer support
  • Tenancy skills
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Fun and inspiration
  • Hygiene and diet
  • Health and safety
  • Job seeking skills
  • Access to vocational training
  • Volunteering and work experience
  • Help finding accommodation

 


Donate

Amber helps around 200 unemployed young people every year to have real hope and a future to look forward to, but we could not continue our work without the donations we receive. Please support Amber today and help the charity free up funds to spend on our vital front line work.

Single or regular donations

You can donate BBX by either contacting Becky Fry or speaking to your BBX account manager

Transform a life…

BBX donations will free up cash donations to help with:

  • £15 could fund personal development and teamwork activities
  • £20 could feed a young person at Amber for a week.
  • £50 could fund the costs of a young person at Amber gaining accreditations in housing-related subjects, to help them secure a sustainable home when they move on from Amber.
  • £100 could fund back to work costs – clothing and travel expenses for interview and work experience, and the cost of any tools and equipment to get started in a job

Company involvement

Companies can support us in many ways. Contact us to find out how. Our corporate partners and their employees make a huge contribution to the lives of the young people who come to Amber and we value and support everyone who puts time and effort into supporting us. We know every organisation will have different requirements and we will work with you to ensure our approach is right for all concerned.

Choosing Amber as your nominated charity for the year is a fantastic way of achieving your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives, giving your staff something to feel proud of and promoting your organisation to wider audiences.

Engaging with corporates is not solely about fundraising at Amber as we are also able to offer volunteer team building days at our centres. We also love working with corporates to support the young people at Amber to build skills and confidence for future employment.

Get in touch to find out more and how we can work together……

 


Contact Us

Becky Fry

Tel: 01769 582020
Mobile: 07808 531699
Email: rebecca.fry@amberweb.org
Web: amberweb.org

Alternatively, if you want to make a one-off or set up a regular donation contact your BBX account manager or Jon Iacomino on 07904 146136 or email jon.iacomino@bbxworld.com

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