The Brett Foundation’s vision is to eradicate loneliness for people of all ages and gender. We want to be a support to those that need it most, who maybe on the wrong track and in need of a guiding hand. Most of all we want to ensure that no one goes to bed hungry and we want to help those families who cannot afford to buy the essentials to feed their children.
The Brett Foundation provides housing essentials and appliances like cookers and fridges for people who can’t afford them. Working with families providing children’s uniforms, and household items to people who are moving into empty homes. The families supported are normally moving into properties after being homeless. The Foundation, help people fill out application forms and other paperwork and guide them to the CAB and other agencies such as CAP who offer debt advice.
We provide a number of things to the local homeless community, which include;
My name is Sue Brett and I am the founder of The Brett Foundation.
The Foundation became its own registered charity in November 2016, after working for six years under the banner of another charity – Maidenhead Foodshare.
It has always been my dream to help the homeless back on their feet, and to bring the community together to help those who struggle in poverty to make things a little easier for them.
I am a dreamer and I like to dream big. But I am also impulsive: I like to try things out and would rather try and fail than not try at all.
I have four wonderful children, who somehow have become amazing adults (not sure how that has happened as I haven’t aged one bit!) and two dogs and a cat. I have always been an animal lover, and often my poor long suffering husband would go to work in the morning and would find that by evening we had ‘acquired’ another member of the family! At one time we managed to have 27 pets!
I love feeding people and often have a table full of people to feed: especially at Christmas when we normally have various people here who have nowhere else to go.
I can’t really ever imagine myself ‘retiring’ from the charity, but would love to see the day that I can say the charity is no longer needed as there are no more problems! Did I tell you I was a dreamer?
My name is Katie Brett, I’m 27 and I am a trustee of the Brett Foundation. I became a trustee in January 2017 And haven’t looked back since!
I adore working at the Brett Foundation and making a difference to our service users; they’re definitely my second family and there’s not a lot I wouldn’t do for them!
I work alongside Sue and Dani with the general running of the charity and the running of our centre in King Street. It can be really challenging at times but it’s the most rewarding work.
Our motto at The Brett Foundation is “together we can make a difference” and it’s absolutely true. Without the support of our volunteers, the support of the local businesses and the residents of Maidenhead we wouldn’t have achieved what we have today and we wouldn’t be able to keep striving forward! So thank you to everyone who has supported us so far and who will continue to do so in the future!
Together we’re making a difference!
I’m Daniela and I’m a Trustee of the Brett Foundation. I’ve been involved with the Brett Foundation since 2015 and started as a volunteer for the shelter that we ran every evening before we lost our premises. Ever since, Sue and Katie haven’t been able to get rid of me and I’m very much part of the family!
My day to day role alongside the other trustees includes strategy, budgets, forward thinking and planning for a better future in Maidenhead, alongside social media and PR.
I have a background in PR and marketing so use these skills in the charity whenever I can. I’ve lived in Maidenhead my entire life and I will stay a part of the Brett as long as homeless and lonely people in our area need us!
At Easter & Christmas, Easter Eggs & Christmas items are provided, such as a tree, hampers, chocolates, mince pies, Christmas cake, fruit and vegetables, a voucher for meat and presents
Furthermore, The Brett Foundation also provide presents for the elderly who are alone with no living relatives and the homeless. As if that wasn’t enough, Susan Brett also works with the Youth Offenders Team and the youngsters doing community service help out with cooking, wrapping presents at Christmas and helping at the various community meals.
The centre is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 12pm and on a Sunday evening 7pm to 8pm. Plus on a Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 7pm to 8.30pm.
For many people who need our help, this is their first point of contact. From the centre we offer hot food and hot drinks free to those who need it most, not just homeless, but elderly, lonely and those who may have other issues.
We offer clothing, support, guidance and companionship.
The centre is often filled with laughter, chatter, warmth and love. Where possible we try to get the guests to try their hand at cooking and various other crafts, such as card making, painting or knitting. We are often in need of people with skills to help those we support, so if you can cook, sew, paint or have any other skill which you think maybe fun to show others and to help them master, then please get in contact.
We also host a variety of various groups from our centre, we have a Sunday lunch for the elderly, a youth group, an open kitchen with a local school where the community is welcome to come and share a meal with us. Plus a night hub, where the centre is open to those who need help on a Friday and Saturday evening.
This is where people are guided to us from various agencies in and around the town. People who are just housed, often have no belongings to move into a new home with, in the storage room we have a multitude of items which we can pass onto others who need them desperately. We have items such as sofa’s, cookers, fridges, washing machines, wardrobes, beds, crockery, cutlery, pans, irons and bedding.
Also in our storage room we have a rail of suitable suits and items for interviews for both male and female. Working with Sharan Web and Hummingbird, we offer help with CV’s, guidance for interviews and advice. Then the opportunity to have help to pick an outfit for the interview. For some of the people we support, this maybe the first interview for many years, if we can make it easier for them, we will.
Often when people have been long term unemployed or homeless, finding a job and holding a job down is really difficult. Butterfly aims to help make the transition back to employment easier. We offer a range of jobs such as cleaning, ironing, gardening, handyman jobs and DIY which we offer on a daily basis. It is very difficult to go from not working to holding down a full time job, over the course of six months, we work on getting people working from one day a week or even a few hours a day to working full time, where we will then help them move onto a permanent job of their own.
Each team member of Butterfly is DBS checked, and escorted on the jobs, until they are able to attend themselves. You will never be sent someone who we do not trust implicitly, who has not been working for us supported for some time and who we would not entrust in our own homes.