More help for homeless through £30,000 grant

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A CHARITY which works with homeless Doncaster youngsters deemed at risk of ending up on the streets is celebrating scooping a £30,000 grant.

Doncaster Housing for Young People works with around 360 young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

Its bosses say the grant will help pay for outreach project workers who will play a crucial role in the organisation, providing information and speaking up for those facing homelessness.

The staff help with income and money management, employment, education and family mediation. They 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.

Operations manager Michelle Critchlow said: “The organisation was formed because it was identified that there was a lack of housing services for people between the ages of 16 and 25. When young people are no longer classed as children they often don’t know where to turn when facing homelessness and can lack the basic life skills adults take for granted.”

The grant, from the Lloyds TSB Foundation, will help young people find safe and secure accommodation, stabilise their lifestyles and give them the opportunity to take training courses, she added.

Pat Greenwood, grant manager for Lloyds TSB Foundation, said: “We are very proud to support young people in need by funding Doncaster Housing for Young People.”

n Log onto www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk to find out about the grants scheme.