Horsham Matters is a social enterprise set up by Horsham Churches Together (HCT) whose aim is to deliver projects that provide practical support to those who are in need in the local area. We are committed to helping those who are unable for whatever reason to help themselves. We do not make any judgement as to why someone is in the situation they are but aim first to meet their practical needs and then, working with partner organisations, to help them with wider issues such as debt or housing advice or addiction.
The only restriction we place on our projects is that they are principally (but not only) for the benefit of residents of the Horsham District. We aim to respond to any need whether we identify it ourselves or it comes as a request from a partner. If there is a gap that is not being filled by another organisation we will always consider if we can act in response. If we are not best placed to deliver a service in response we will look first to work with partners in the HCT family, then other organisations.
Our work is funded primarily through income generated by sales of donated furniture, electrical items (both white goods and other items) and household goods (including bric-a-brac, linens, books, toys and games) from our Charity Superstore in Redkiln Close, Horsham. The shop is supported from our Donations Centre and warehouse in Blatchford Road where all goods are received and sorted and where the charity offices are located.
Through a grant from West Sussex County Council we provide emergency domestic fuel vouchers, white goods and furniture to those in crisis, helping an average of twelve clients a week. For those on a low income, we also offer discount cards for use in our shop.
We work closely with a number of partners including the County, District, Parish and Neighbourhood Councils, Sussex Central YMCA and Central Sussex College to address the needs of young people in our local community. In partnership with the Parish and Neighbourhood Councils we are delivering community based youth work across the Horsham District. We also work with the Youth Support Team, working with young people in parks and open spaces during summer evenings.
On behalf of Horsham Churches Together we manage the delivery of a winter Night Shelter, providing a meal and accommodation for up to ten homeless guests each night. We also run Horsham District foodbank which has four distribution centres in the District and provides around 14,000 emergency meals a year to those in need.