Homeless Charity Makes Plea for Sponsors

by Catherine Smyth Media

JUST 50p would help a homeless charity provide a vulnerable young person with a room for a night.

Although based in Rawtenstall, the M3 Project works with young people aged 16-25 throughout East Lancashire in Rossendale, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley.

Project Manager Alan Dorrington (pictured) said: “We recently gained charitable status and know that our finances will be changing because local authorities face budget cuts.

“As a result, we are reviewing our income and have introduced three ways that people can help M3. They can sponsor a room for a vulnerable young person, make a one-off donation or agree to a monthly donation that can also be used to help our teenage family project.”

Many people wrongly perceive homelessness to be a Manchester or London problem with people living in cardboard boxes, but it also affects rural areas, where people will ‘sofa surf’ seeking temporary accommodation in a friend’s house.

M3 has been working in East Lancashire since 2003 and has helped hundreds of young people rebuild their lives.

Alan said: “By helping our organisation you are not just providing a vulnerable young person with a safe place they can call home, you are also helping them get access to training, education or work and learn life skills so they can go on to live independently.”

The charity offers 16 supported places across the area with 12 long-term and four emergency rooms and eight supported houses for teenage mums or young families.

Many of the lodging providers are single people who do not have children or whose children have left home, some are couples and they are all supported by project workers from M3.

“Because we are based in Rossendale we have plenty of householders in that area but we are seeking more people in the four other key areas of Hyndburn, Burnley, Pendle and the Ribble Valley,” said Alan.

“If you have a spare room and would like to be considered for the project or you would like to donate please contact the office on 01706 216600, email info@rossendalem3.org or visit our donation link on the website www.rossendalem3.org

From 2012-13 M3 provided nearly 7,500 days of accommodation to nearly 70 young people.

The teenage family project provided nearly 3,000 days of accommodation to 22 young people and their children.

Alan added: “Like all organisations we are having to review how we are funded. We are determined to continue the excellent work we do at M3 and we will be happy to go out into the communities we serve to discuss how our project works and the difference your donations will make.”

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