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Wintercomfort for the homeless announce two new excellent recruitments to the charity’s management team


Wintercomfort has appointed two new management team members to support the on-going growth of the organisation’s excellent work.


Donna-Louise Cobban joins as Services Manager and Dominic Bowles joins to take a Business Manager role.

Wintercomfort for the homeless, Cambridge’s only day centre supporting the homeless, was established in 1994 and the charity has grown successfully ever since.


Donna-Louise Cobban joins the organisation as Service Manager overseeing the organisations vital welfare, learning and development services. It is an existing role that was formerly held by James Martin who has moved on to be Director at Cambridge Cyrenians, another homeless organisation in the city.


Donna-Louise brings a wealth of skills, expertise and ability to the role having worked and volunteered in the third sector for the last 8 years. Prior to joining Wintercomfort, Donna-Louise joins Wintercomfort from her role as Advice Service Manager at Anglia Ruskin University Students’ Union. Her team supported more than 1,200 students a year with a variety of academic and wellbeing problems.. Prior to this role Donna-Louise was a Services Manager in an Older Person’s Mental Health Trust, managing a variety of 1:1 and group support services


Donna- Louise said: “I am so pleased to have secured this fantastic role at a key time for the Charity, especially since we have secured a further three years of funding for our vital learning and development service”.

Dominic Bowles joins the organisation as Business Manager; the role will manage Wintercomfort’s highly successful social enterprises Food4Food and Overstream Clean. Rachel Newell, who previously held the role, is moving on to a Corporate Social Responsibility Role for Kier Eastern Region.


Overstream Clean was founded in 2014 providing commercial cleaning services. The enterprise has secured a number of national social enterprise awards, last week the enterprise was listed on the NaWest Social Enterprise Top 100 list of social ventures to watch develop. 


Food4Food offers high-end hot and cold buffet lunches, packed lunches, picnic hampers and afternoon teas, which can be delivered in and around Cambridge.  The kitchen has recently yet again retained its five-star food hygiene rating.

Dominic Bowles brings an enormous amount of expertise and experience to the role. Dominic’s career has been varied with his first seven years’ work being in accountancy.  He then took over the family freight business, running it for eleven years before selling it, remaining for a couple of years to ensure a smooth transition.  Since then Dominic has worked as a consultant, and has set up businesses, offering small business coaching and support, running a co-working space in Cambridge and running business challenge events to drive creative thinking and innovation.


Dominic said: “After my first couple of weeks, this has been a great opportunity already! I have worked in many different environments and types of organisations, but Wintercomfort and our Social Enterprises provide a unique opportunity to tackle the complexity of homelessness. I am looking forward to taking the success of both enterprises forward to their next stage”.


Wintercomfort for the homeless continues to offer much in demand services from its building, Overstream House. In December 2018 the charity raised a new record for their Christmas Appeal raising over £38,000 to support the charity’s high demand welfare service that is reliant on fundraised income.


Wintercomfort’s welfare service provides cooked breakfast, hot showers, a laundry service and a clothing & toiletry store to the rough sleepers and vulnerably housed individuals. On average this service supports 60 people a day. The running cost of Wintercomfort is over £776,000 a year and the charity support 742 individuals last year, with 52 regaining employment. (2017-18 figures)


Sarah Halls, Chief Executive at Wintercomfort said: “I am really pleased to have welcomed Donna-Louise and Dominic to our leadership team. They bring remarkable skills, expertise and dedication to the work of Wintercomfort, we are in the business of supporting individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and in order to deliver on this difficult challenge we need high caliber individuals to lead that work, of which Donna-Louise and Dominic are.”






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