Ridge donates £5,000 to help prevent homelessness in Brent

09 March 2023

Property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP has donated £5,000 to Crisis, the national charity for people experiencing homelessness in Great Britain.

The donation is directly supporting the refurbishment of Crisis’ Skylight Brent facility in London. The centre supports those affected by homelessness in Brent and surrounding boroughs. It provides access to training and volunteering, as well as sustainable employment and housing support. Having undergone major redevelopment, Skylight Brent sought donations to transform office space into 1:1 meeting facilities for Crisis staff and their clients.

The donation forms part of a wider relationship, which has seen Ridge provide technical services and volunteering to the charity.

Ridge provided employers agent, quantity surveying, health and safety, architecture, planning, mechanical and electrical, and geospatial services on a major refurbishment of its headquarters in central London. Ridge also supported the refurbishment of its warehouse in Canning Town.

In November, a team of Ridge volunteers supported the charity’s Crisis at Christmas campaign. This vast operation sees vital resources, from medical supplies to food and warm clothing, distributed to support people who are homeless.

Lauren Bailey, Head of Social Value at Ridge, said:

“Supporting Crisis Skylight Brent aligns with our vision to empower charities and community groups who are fundamental in building resilient communities. The cost-of-living crisis has had an unprecedented impact on people experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness therefore we hope our donation to the Crisis Skylight Brent Project helps to achieve better employment, housing and wellbeing outcomes for Brent residents.”

Matt McGettigan, Partner at Ridge, said:

“Crisis makes a huge impact on homelessness in the capital and throughout the UK. Supporting such a hardworking charity – whether that’s through donations, volunteering, or through technical services – is incredibly rewarding and we’re very proud of our partnership.”

Matt Downie, Crisis Chief Executive, said:

“We’re very grateful to Ridge for their donation towards the refurbishment of our Brent Skylight Centre. Every day our frontline services support thousands of people as they begin their journey out of homelessness and with the cost-of-living crisis pushing more and more people to the brink, our work has never been more important. That’s why the support of companies like Ridge is crucial if we’re going to see homelessness ended for good.”

L-R: Marc Thompson (Partner, Ridge), Matt McGettigan (Partner, Ridge), Paul May (Property Projects Manager, Crisis) and Atara Fridler (Brent Skylight Director, Crisis)