Since announcing The Training Flat I’ve been stunned and delighted by the offers of help and donations. If you’re not up to speed, we’re renting a flat from Norwich City Council. In it we will be delivering our fantastic Tenancy & Independent Living Skills (TILS) courses. Just like our young people when they get their first home, it will be totally empty. So we’re working with all our stunning friends and partners to kit it out. After the initial offers of hoovers and crockery, we then had financial donations too. Last week Alex convinced a local tattoo parlour to do some artwork in the flat and Nelson’s Journey rewarded us with a TV. On Monday Rachel Blackburn from Us2U Consulting called me with the strangest offer yet! After a party at the weekend, she had some leftover sweets. She dropped off a massive bag at No8 Thorpe Road (I’ll come to them!). Sweets feature in all our courses with young people and adults alike – so we’re hugely grateful. The amazing Sarah at No8 Thorpe Road is looking after all these things until we move into the flat in August. Our friends at Heath Lodge have offered stationary, which is hugely valuable as The Training Flat becomes our first office. We’ve just been offered a TV stand as well as some money for curtain poles etc by Reality Estate Agency. And as I write this we have a tentative commitment from a flooring firm to provide laminate AND KFC have offered us all the furniture from their old restaurant on Prince of Wales Road. Wow – what a list of good will, generosity and commitment to what we do. Still lots more to collect and based on our experience so far, we’re pretty optimistic.