Our charity was founded in 1994 by Richard and Vanessa Draper following the loss of their son, Benjamin in a motorcycle accident, aged just 17.
In the early days, we delivered services for young people in villages across North Norfolk. Winston Court, our first accommodation service for young people at risk of homelessness, opened in 1997.
We now accommodate up to 180 vulnerable young people each night in Norfolk and Suffolk, equating to over 50,000 safe nights a year for local young people. They can finally feel safe from youth homelessness. We are proud to be the regional partner for the End Youth Homelessness campaign.
Each week 150 young people access our emotional wellbeing support. In the last year this equates to 7,500 emotional wellbeing support sessions improving their mental health, increasing their self-esteem and to finally feel understood.
Each year over 250 young people attended our youth work in the community to gain new life skills, expand their horizons and finally feel confident
Our childcare services inspire children to learn, feel happy and build their independence before their step up to school.
Overall 2,000 local children and young people every year finally feel hopeful of a better future because of the work of The Benjamin Foundation.
Donated furniture to our stores enables us to help more local young people journey out of homelessness for good with money we raise from selling your pre-loved goods.