A CHARITY working across East Lancashire with young homeless people has been awarded a grant to secure its supported lodgings project for the next two years.
The M3 Project, based in Rawtenstall, works across Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley as well as Rossendale.
Project manager Alan Dorrington (pictured) said: “This year we had to bid for the grant from Lancashire County Council’s Supporting People Team and so we were very pleased to have been able to secure £128,000.
“This will provide two years of funding for 13 placements for young people in our supported lodgings project.
“This year, along with other providers, we had to go through a competitive tendering process in order to secure the money and we still have a shortfall if we are to maintain the current level of service we provide.
“We are thankful to LCC for the funding because we are aware of budgetary constraints on the county council.
“It is important that young people across East Lancashire have this service available at a time when accommodation in social housing sector and private landlords is becoming even harder to access.”
The M3 Project was one of only three providers across Lancashire to be awarded a grant.
Householders are sought to offer supported placements within their own homes and help to prepare the young person to be able to live independently.
In December the charity launched its sponsor a room scheme by asking people to donate money on a regular basis to support the work of M3.
One anonymous donor, who read the story, generously donated £5,000 to the charity.
“We are very grateful for all the donations we have received, both large and small,” said Alan.
“Trinity Baptist Church in Bacup raised more than £270 for M3 through a variety of events and our landlord NCS Support Services not only provide office accommodation and IT support but gave the charity a generous donation.
“We have also been asked to provide the raffle at the Rossendale Business Awards in November, which last year attracted 200 people to the presentation evening at the Riverside in Whitworth.
“Funding is hard to come by and we are very grateful to everyone who has logged on to our website and followed the ‘click to support’ links.
“In 2014 we provided supported lodgings to 99 young people. Of those in supported placements 16 were teenage families.”