We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce that we have received a further 5 years of funding from The Big Lottery. We have been awarded a grant of £481,128 to carry on working with young people and the community in Hyndburn.
Many of you will know that we have been funded for the last 5 years by The Big Lottery and have achieved some great outcomes through our projects and activities including:
- A 74% reduction in first time entrants to the criminal justice system
- A 22% reduction in those young people not in education, training or employment
- A 30% reduction in youth related anti-social behaviour
- Directly supporting 46 young people into education, training or employment
- Training over 40 community volunteers
- Over 400 young people reporting an increase in self-confidence
- Working with more than 60 young people presenting as homeless or at risk of becoming so and supported them into secure accommodation or worked with them and their families to help them stay at home.
After a further period of consultation with our stakeholders, partners and young people we will be looking to help address the gap in service in the area around young people’s mental health and well-being during the next period of funding, alongside building on our volunteering opportunities and our mentoring project.
Sharon Burch, Chief Officer said ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a further 5 years of funding from The Big Lottery. Thank you to all of our staff, volunteers, partners and most importantly the young people we’ve worked with for helping to make the project such a great success. We couldn’t do the work we do without input from a wide range of people and the local community.’
Denis Aldridge, Homeless and Housing Advice Manager, Hyndburn Borough Council said –
‘The Project is certainly playing an important role in supporting young homeless people who have complex needs. A key strength is access to mentors, a number of whom have experienced similar and associated difficulties and challenges in their lives. There is no doubt that the mentors connect and relate to the young people far more effectively that people in authority.
We are extremely impressed with the Project and the professional manner in which it is
delivered by such dedicated and knowledgeable staff and volunteers and we remain committed
to working in partnership and being here to support its progress in any feasible way. Congratulations on all of your hard work in securing this funding’.