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£2.8 million to help people break their homeless cycle

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Yorkshire and the Humber
Reaching Communities
Release date:
18 2 2014

Harbour Place Day Centre (HPDC), a project for people in North East Lincolnshire dealing with multiple issues including homelessness, receives £477,949 today from the Big Lottery Fund. The centre will help at least 800 of the most vulnerable, socially excluded individuals to help improve their quality of life. It is one of nine projects across Yorkshire and the Humber today sharing £2.8 million in Lottery good cause funding.

Today’s awards are from the Fund’s Reaching Communities programme which offers National Lottery good cause grants from £10,000 upwards to help those most in need and build stronger communities.

HPDC will use its new premises to expand the existing services to support more beneficiaries. The project will provide service users with their basic needs such as food, water, warmth and hygiene, and offer further support with poor physical and mental health, substance and alcohol misuse, unemployment, social isolation, poverty, and reoffending.

Over the last five years 62,000 people have used Harbour Place with 1,100 receiving housing advice support. HPDC advises it is the only day centre of its kind in North East Lincolnshire and in 2013 provided 10,000 meals and breakfasts to its clients.

There will be training opportunities in equality and diversity, safeguarding adults, safeguarding children, drug awareness, sexual health, first aid, food hygiene, literacy, numeracy and support for securing employment opportunities. Through these activities the project hopes opportunities for socialising and volunteering will build their confidence.

HPDC will also provide access to mental and physical health screening, practical and emotional support, advice on housing, debt and managing money. Harbour Place also gives support directly to homeless people living on the streets providing suitable accommodation and support to help break the cycle of repeated homelessness.

Allen Young, Project Director said: “Homelessness is a perpetual cycle that is a result of many other social and economic factors such as relationship breakdown, social isolation, poor skills, substance misuse and offending. This project is able to break the cycle of homelessness by offering alternative positive activities and pathways for individuals to fundamentally change their lives.

“Each service user will have their own personal problems, barriers to readiness for lifestyle changes. Some beneficiaries become regular service users whilst others can be helped to get back on their feet very quickly. For some people, homelessness is a lifestyle choice and they are not ready to change this, so this project helps those individuals to stay safe, healthy and supported until they want to take the next step.”

“A consultation exercise with clients carried out by Harbour Place in 2013 highlighted how much they valued the service.  Without the day centre several clients stated ‘that they would most definitely be dead.’ This goes to show the funding and the work of the project is saving lives.”

Another project receiving funding today is SWR Mind in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. They will be using £492,252 to provide specialist support to people experiencing mental health issues. Volunteers will provide beneficiaries with companionship for social activities, emotional support such as listening to their client’s fears, practical support in daily tasks, and helping to obtain information about available services including benefits and housing issues. A new recovery based support service will be developed where support workers will undertake initial needs assessments and agree a support and recovery plan with their volunteer befriender.

In Bradford, a new project based on previous pilots, will expand the services available from the St Oswald West End Centre. The project receives £224,243 to improve the quality of life for people in Little Horton and surrounding areas by getting them involved in community based opportunities. This will help them to gain skills, improve employability and increase access to information. The learning zone within the centre will be promoting skills in English, Maths and IT. To overcome the issue of digital exclusion for those who may be unable to afford computers and internet services, individuals will be able to access the internet for information and do job searches.

Alison Rowe, Big Lottery Fund spokesperson said: “Our grant to Harbour Place will go a long way to help the thousands of people whose lives are impacted by several issues in their lives and need respite from their problems. Our Reaching Communities programme helps people and communities most in need so we are pleased to award funding to these projects across Yorkshire and the Humber.”

A full list of projects to receive Reaching Communities funding across the region today.





Grimsby, Cleethorpes & Dist. Citizens Advice Bureau

North East Lincolnshire


Harbour Place

North East Lincolnshire


Holmescarr Ark and Crafts



New Wortley Community Association Ltd






St Oswald's West End Centre



SWR Mind



Woodthorpe Development Trust



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Notes to editors


• The Big Lottery Fund, the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6bn.
• The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was returned to the Good Causes.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, over £30 billion has now been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.