Funding for project with young people

A CHARITY that works with homeless young people at risk of ending up on the streets is celebrating after being awarded a £30,000 grant from Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

Doncaster Housing for Young People works with around 360 young people between the ages of 16 and 25. The grant will help fund the salaries of the charity’s outreach project workers who play a crucial role in the organisation providing information and advocacy for those facing homelessness.

The staff help with income and money management, employment, education and family mediation and also run a weekly drop-in café to provide young people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming so, with a free meal and access to health services and drug and alcohol addiction support.

Michelle Critchlow , operations manager at Doncaster Housing for Young People, said: “The funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation for these core positions is great news. Thanks to this support we will be able to help young people find safe and secure accommodation, stabilise their lifestyles and give them the opportunity to undertake informal and accredited training to give them the life skills, confidence and self esteem they will need to look after themselves and live happy and independent lives.”

Pat Greenwood, regional grant manager for the foundation, said: “This is the foundation’s 25th anniversary year and we are very proud to support young people in need by funding Doncaster Housing for Young People.”