THE NORTH Worcestershire Basement Project which helps young people who are homeless or facing homelessness has been given a £75,000 funding boost from the Lloyds Bank Foundation.
The charity, which was set up in 2000 and helps between 160 and 170 young people a year, has been a lifeline for those aged 16 to 25 across North Worcestershire who are faced with having nowhere to live.
The grant will go towards the ‘floating support workers’ who go out to people when they have somewhere to live to help them set up their homes.
The floating support also helps teach them how to live responsibly on a day-to-day basis with aspects such as keeping their place clean, safe and secure and paying rent.
The Basement Project will also support young people with counselling to help them overcome other issues they face, such as mental health issues and trauma, or unemployment.
The charity provides both crisis and longer-term support for young people and works closely with housing providers, police and local authorities in North Worcestershire.
This funding represents a continued investment in the charity by the Foundation which provided £83,000 in 2015 to support young people though a caseworker.
Jackie Hooper, CEO of the Basement Project, said she was pleased the Lloyds Bank Foundation recognised the value of the work the charity did, adding the funding would be used over the next three years.
“We also value the help we have received in the past, including helping to finance us setting up our computerised data base and providing a mentor to help with our marketing.
“Getting continuation funding is becoming ever more challenging so this help from the Foundation is greatly appreciated.
“It will enable us to continue the work we do and support young people who are vulnerable, in crisis and need help to enable them to move on.”
Paul Streets, chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation, said: “As our latest research has shown, there is a quiet crisis facing local authorities. “Ever-tighter budgets mean vulnerable people have to rely on the support of local charities like the Basement Project.
“They’re not just a ‘nice to have’ – their work makes a vital difference, day in, day out to people’s lives.
“We’re proud to partner with the Basement Project as part of Lloyds Banking Group’s plan to Help Britain Prosper, supporting the costs of their work, strengthening them, and helping raise their voice among the policy-makers and decision-makers their future depends on.”