Homeless charity's delight at Â£322k Lottery grant
Work to help reduce homelessness in Littlehampton can continue thanks to a Lottery grant of Â£322,545.
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects has been awarded the money from the Big Lottery Fund to reduce homelessness through its Littlehampton Community Homelessness Project.
Sue Stevens, from the charity, said: “We are thrilled to have received the Lottery grant; it will enable us to deliver vital support to people in our community who are experiencing or facing the possibility of homelessness.”
Four roles, based in Littlehampton, can continue thanks to the grant; a private rented sector access worker, helping clients access and maintain sustainable accommodation in the Littlehampton area; an accommodation support worker who will work alongside clients who are struggling to maintain tenancies; a breakfast club co-ordinator who will organise the breakfast club on a daily basis for clients, and a Littlehampton co-ordinator to oversee the delivery of services in Littlehampton and to develop relationships with local stakeholders.
Although the four roles were not due to end, the charity may have had to reduce them or seek alternative funding had it not been awarded the grant.
Ted Stoner, the homeless charity’s Littlehampton co-ordinator, said: “The grant is an enormous help to the charity, without this funding we would have had to drastically reduce our services at a point when we are seeing an increase in people needing our support. We recognise homelessness is a complex issue and we continue to strive to empower individuals to acquire independent living and continue to need funding to enable us to do this.”
The breakfast club runs from Monday to Thursday, 9am to 10.30am, at Littlehampton United Church. Mr Stoner thanked the church for its continued support and ‘generosity’.
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage at www.littlehamptongazette.co.uk/
2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/LittlehamptonGazette
3) Follow us on Twitter @LhamptonGazette
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
The Littlehampton Gazette - always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.