Starting from scratch

A local St Neots resident recognised that families fleeing domestic violence and rehoused in the area arrived with nothing but a few bags. They needed warm, safe and comfortable homes as they rebuilt their lives; otherwise, they ran the risk of going back to their perpetrators.

She decided to help.

Hosting a successful local fundraising event raising £12,000 towards the costs of carpets to lay in houses that had only bare floors, with local tradespeople giving their time for free.

As word grew of this good work, demand increased through referrals from local agencies, quickly depleting funds.  Our local resident recognised the need for this project was constant and she set out to find ways to sustain it by seeking help from Hunts Forum.

Property Angels CIC was born with support from Hunts Forum, which was able to help formulate: legal structure, fundraising and funding plans, policies and procedures, the practicalities of working alone, recognising the potential of giving voice to lived experience, and networking opportunities.

Looking forward to developing a medium-term business plan, Property Angels is keen to keep fundraising for home essentials, build social networks for individuals being rehoused in the area, and influence how services are delivered to prevent people from returning to abusive relationships and to live healthy and independent lives.