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A CHRISTMAS campaign has been launched on the CrowdFunder website by homeless young people’s charity M3 Project .
The Rawtenstall-based charity, which works throughout East Lancashire is offering a menu of donation options in the Room at Christmas campaign along with a number of rewards for donors including a personal thank you and £10 towards a high tea in the Drop Off Café in Edenfield.
Project manager Alan Dorrington said: “If someone donates £5 then it will buy a Christmas meal for a young person and £10 will buy a young person a Christmas present.
“For £20 a teenage mum will receive a welcome pack and £50 helps pay for a support worker. A £100 donation will pay for a week’s placement with M3.”
Leaflets promoting the campaign have been printed and are being distributed across Rossendale and electronically to contacts of local businesses HearFirst and NCS Support Services.
Anyone wanting to donate can visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/m3-room-at-xmas
The M3 Project was founded in 2003 and works with around 60 young people and 20 new young families each year.
It was named as joint winner of the Community Business title at Rossendale Business Awards along with The RAFT Foundation.
However, Lancashire County Council approved budget cuts on Thursday (November 26) which mean the M3 Project will no longer receive the level of support it has from the Supporting People Team.
The SP budget of £12million is being slashed to just £3million and from April 2017, LCC will only fund services for young people aged 16 and 17 – a statutory service – currently around 20 per cent of M3’s client base.
Alan said: “Like other providers we are having to assess how we work and see if we can source funding from other areas.
“In the last year we have evolved and raised our profile in the area, become a charity and gratefully received a number of donations from the community.
“We are appealing for lots of people to support our Christmas campaign and get involved with M3 to secure our role in the future.
“We have to keep moving forward, we know there is a need for our services out there and we do not want to see the project cease after March 2017.”