Hitting the ground running

fireworks22014 is here.

It was brilliant to arrive back at work in the new year and have 2 letters from trust funds containing donations towards projects at Justlife. Over the past few months we have put many hours into writing funding applications enabling us to sustain and grow the work at Justlife in Manchester and Brighton… and those efforts are paying off! But the hard work is not over and we are continuing to apply for funding to meet shortfalls in several important projects.

In the next month we will be starting the second three year Big Lottery Funded Reaching Communities project in Manchester, which continues the vital work at the Justlife centre. Other projects including Justlife at Home, the Brighton drop in and PathwayPlus Brighton all continue to be busy. The Just Thinking project has just finished it’s first three months and we are already learning really interesting stuff about the impact of temporary accommodation on health and wellbeing, as well as the national picture. Read the blog entries here: http://justthinkinguk.wordpress.com

Poverty & Homelessness Action Week is coming up at the end of January and we hope to involve supporters, volunteers and clients in some way. January is a busy month as we are also holding the first Justlife staff conference and rolling out a new database, helping us to track progress of clients and projects, gather data well and learn from the information.

Our Brighton Marathon fundraising runners are in their 3rd week of training for the big day on Sunday 6th April and are already putting in the miles, dodging the puddles and will be setting up Justgiving pages for sponsorship soon.

That is just a snapshot of what is going on at Justlife, we will of course be keeping you up to date with life at Justlife throughout 2014.

Happy New Year to you all.