Project information

The Friends of Whitworth House Extension Appeal

By May 2011, we aim to raise in excess of £100,000 in order to to build an extension to Whitworth House, a hostel for young homeless women in Cambridge. The House currently only accommodates twelve residents but there were fifty-two applications in 2009-10, showing a clear need for more provision.

November 2010 - May 2012

Charity information: The Friends of Whitworth House

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  • Need


    Homelessness is a serious problem in Cambridge. It is highly visible in the form of Big Issue sellers, rough sleepers and people begging, the majority of whom are men. What is both less visible and less well-known is the large number of young, homeless girls without a roof over their heads, many often facing far greater risks than homeless men.


    Whitworth House not only provides homeless young women with safe supported housing, thereby taking them off the streets, but also helps to make this change a permanent one by aiding the residents with their move into work or education. Success is achieved through the creation of a supportive 'family' environment, training in life-skills and an intensive programme of counselling. Our Extension Appeal will allow more young women to access this fantastic resource and change their lives around,

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise funds to support the young vulnerable women who live at Whitworth House


    » Organise a number of fundraising events including coffee mornings, and ceilidhs

    What success will look like

    We have now succeeded in raising £100,000 for our Extension Appeal

  • Impact


    An extension to Whitworth House is shortly to be built comprising 2 moving-on flats to help vulnerable young women to make the transition to private housing.


    There are no risks at present.


    We distribute a Newsletter twice a year

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100,000 Extension The full amount will be spent on building an extension to the House.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Donations and money raised from fundraising events and funding applications £1,000,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Homelessness is a serious and highly visible problem in Cambridge. It is a city of extremes, with high levels of wealth at one end of the scale and extreme poverty and homelessness at the other.


    This project will not only benefit many homeless young women in Cambridge in the years to come, giving them an opportunity to escape the streets and the multitude of problems which homelessness brings, but it will also aid the local community, as very few people enjoy living in a city which visibily fails large numbers of its citizens.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are best placed to carry out this project, because of our long-standing relationship with Whitworth House. It was through the hard work of the Friends many years ago that Whitworth House was bought and established in the first place, and we have remained supportive of the House and its residents ever since. No charitable organisation knows the workings of the House or feels more passionate about the cause than we do.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Martin

    Sarah is the Chair of the Friends and plays the most considerable role in fundraising for and organising the project. Her dedication is second-to-none

Living here to us is no different to what you might classically call a home

Resident of the House