The Big Lottery Fund has awarded £481,227 to BHT’s Accommodation for Work Project. The funding is for five years and comes from the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Programme. The funding will enable the project to help homeless people to move off the streets independent accommodation and into employment.
The Accommodation for Work Project will widen its reach across the City by delivering a targeted training programme to local hostels to help them support their clients to secure and maintain work, and through a series of best practice events to share the learning of the project with other providers.
My colleague, Bernadette Lynch, who is the manager of the project, said: “We are so pleased that the project can continue its work to support homeless people in the city to achieve their goals and reach their potential. We are really excited to have another five years of funding and to be in a position to launch our training programme which will benefit more working homeless people in the city.”
Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund Deputy Director, England said: “Our Reaching Communities programme helps communities and people most in need and we are very pleased to make an award to these worthwhile project.”
We asked clients who have used the project about their experience of the service they have received from the Accommodation for Work Project:
- “Without this service, I wouldn’t have a job, I wouldn’t have a qualification and I’d still be homeless.”
- “Before the scheme I was stuck staying with friends and no means to move on. The project helped me get stable, establish work, and then find a flat. I’m not sure I could have done this otherwise.
- “This project provides a crucial service and helped me at exactly the right time and gave me exactly the support I needed.
- “When I came to BHT, mentally I wasn’t’t well; my life wasn’t worth anything. Now I feel I’ve achieved something and am much happier in my life. I’ve got a renewed optimism.”
I would like to thank Bernadette Lynch, Nikki Homewood, Jo Berry and others who did much of the work to secure this funding. It will make a huge difference.