Oracle’s Charity of the Year 2024 revealed…

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As you might have already realised, we’re really passionate about homes. It doesn’t matter if we’re working with developers to sell high-end homes, or assisting housing associations in helping first-time buyers get a foot onto the property ladder with Shared Ownership, we love it all. But, we’re very aware that not everyone has access to a decent home with the basic necessities, which is why this year we’ve chosen Redhill-based Renewed Hope as our charity of the year.

Offering practical solutions and emotional support to vulnerable people without a home in and around East Surrey, Renewed Hope aims to provide an opportunity for people to build a new life through its valuable work with the community. The charity is a community-run project with just four staff members and 250 unpaid volunteers who dedicate their time to help Redhill’s homeless and vulnerable.

  • Daily drop-in support service
    The charity runs a daily drop-in service for local vulnerable, isolated people to spend time in a warm space with a shower, free hot meal and refreshments, no questions asked. Volunteers are also on hand to provide support accessing different agencies, including mental health services, housing associations, job centres and debt advice.
  • Winter night shelter
    Between December and March in the coldest months of the year, Renewed Hope partner with a number of churches across East Surrey to provide a safe, welcoming space for rough sleepers to stay. Each church is set up with 10 beds, where those without a home have access to a hot evening meal, breakfast, shower facilities and company for the night. Guests can stay for as long as they need a bed; from a couple of nights, to the whole four months if they need it.
  • Hope House
    The charity also owns a four-bedroom house with a garden, where four homeless people can stay for the long term. Residents here are referred by the council as they have been identified as needing support to get ready for permanent accommodation. Whilst living here, residents receive support from Renewed Hope’s specialised support worker and individual volunteer mentors, supporting them with mental health, maintaining a healthy diet, getting back into employment and budgeting.

Andrew Tyers, Operations Manager and Fundraising Co-ordinator at Renewed Hope, comments:

“Here at Renewed Hope we are very pleased to be supported by The Oracle Group, and be adopted as their charity of the year. As a local charity helping homeless, vulnerable and isolated people in East Surrey, we are dependent on the support  of the local community to help us meet the needs of those who need us most. In the last few years we have welcomed an increase in support from businesses: As well as the financial support they give (last year over 20% of our annual income came from businesses operating locally) we welcome the practical support that organisations like Oracle offer ranging from volunteering to running their own fundraising initiatives and helping us let more people know about the work we do and the need for it.  We very much look forward to visiting the Epsom office and getting to know the Oracle team.”

Over the course of the year, we’ll be supporting Renewed Hope in a number of ways. We’ve already set up a food donation bank in our office, where we’ll be picking up some extra items on our weekly food shops and regularly donating to the charity. Each member of staff at Oracle also has two charity days to use a year, so we’ll be using these to donate our time and help out at the daily drop-in centre.

Another way we’ll be helping to raise money will be entering a team into Run Reigate on Sunday 22nd September, with all proceeds raised through sponsorship going to Renewed Hope. We’ll be really grateful for any sponsorship support for this event, so watch this space for the launch of our fundraising efforts later this year!