Parker Memorial Home Charity was bequeathed to the City of Sunderland, Charity number 229350. It is Victorian House based in Kayll Road, a large outhouse and 6 garages. Parker Memorial Home is a registered Charity and has been supporting vulnerable people who are in need, since 1901. The property, founded by Reverend Joseph Parker as a memorial to his beloved late wife, was originally a home for orphaned girls. The property later in 1952 became a home for "fallen" young women and their children.
The main house of the Charity was cosmetically restored with the passion and drive of the Manager by holding a Community DIY SOS, with thousands of pounds in materials and labour donated by residents and companies in the City. The community was instrumental in the design of the services to be delivered and also in the name and new logo. The Charity is now known moving forward as Parker Trust and has been in operation delivering services since February 2016. We are a non profit organisation which is here to help those most in need.
Renovating the outhouse will enable us to move forward with our recycling project and offer affordable furniture to those most vulnerable, this is a BIG project which would benefit so many people. The outhouse needs completely overhauled with new roof, lights, floor, work stations, walls in fact EVERYTHING. Creating a bigger space will help promote community cohesion, improve apprenticeship/training opportunities, inspire people to explore self employment and equip people with the practical skills and experience to transition into future employment. We will inspire and motivate the community to strive for positive change and activities that will be beneficial to residents across the City. All furniture is donated by the public and it would usually go to landfill. We can teach valuable skills to the community whilst having a positive effect on individuals and their lives. Any furniture we can not up-cycle is then used to create characters that can be displayed in communities across the City. We are currently working in a small room within the main building but such is the need for our work we need a bigger more practical space. In the last year over 200 people have directly benefited from our work and our characters which have been created for the garden has attracted thousands of views via social media and visits and we are often asked to do commissioned work.
We offer a range of activities and projects including re-cycling, heritage, arts, up-cycling, cooking, social skills, counselling, pre-employment support, Holiday Hunger programme, volunteering, environmental projects, enterprise, functional skills along with bespoke services and training to encourage people to be active citizens and make informed decisions about their life choices. Offering these opportunities enhances emotional resilience, communication, improves qualifications, access to positive services and information, reduces the risk of isolation and promotes inclusion.
We create positive relationships so that young people feel more connected and involved in their local community and that they are able to make informed decisions for their futures. We reach out to communities and individuals, who are currently not engaging with any service or resource and encourage and raise their aspirations by providing them with the support, techniques and resources to make good, informed choices and take responsibility for their own behaviours. We offer educational, emotional and recreational activities to young people across the City to inspire motivate and reduce barriers they may face. The service we provide enables children and young people move to forward in their lives as it brings about behaviour change, improved health choices and stronger more resilient families and communities.