A Blooming Marvel
We have followed the work of Homeless Pembrokeshire from its beginnings and are delighted to have news from AMANDA EVANS, the founder of the charity who works tirelessly to support people in need across the county. Please take a minute to have a look at its work on its website or Facebook page. If you are passing the war memorial in the High Street, Haverfordwest, you will see that the team have been busy making a space for local people to enjoy. Amanda has sent us some pictures…
Homeless Pembrokeshire is a registered charity and we were provided with an office by Jerry Evans of Jemima Properties for a rent of £3 for 3 years in February this year just through a chance meeting. We help those who are homeless with emergency rough sleeper packs, domestic abuse packs, fuel credit and food when in crisis, including a baby bank. The help is provided via outreach all year and often out of hours so you can imagine it keeps us rather busy.
The office is opposite a South African War memorial in the High Street, Haverfordwest, in remembrance of the 44 Pembrokeshire men who died in the war of 1899-1902.
We are opposite this memorial adjacent to St Mary’s Church and, apart from the memorial itself and a tree, there is little to look at apart from slate chipping and concrete steps. Top Town as it’s known used to be a thriving commercial area, but nowadays many of the large properties have been converted into flats. Many of the residents have no garden or access to green space so we decided to add colour and interest to the monument area. Black plastic flower buckets were donated, including some peat-free compost by Morrisons, and one of the volunteers personally purchased the plants.
Since May this year, Homeless Pembrokeshire volunteers have painted, weeded, planted and kept the area tidy, and now the memorial is a riot of colour. Every day we receive positive comments from residents and visitors to the area but the bonus is that wildlife has returned, including honey bees. The only downside for us is the watering every day by hand, but those close by with no garden now have a planted area to enjoy.
We are still very busy with the work we do but it’s lovely to have our own space now, and we are more than thankful to Jerry. We are still finishing off decorating etc and hope to have an open day soon.