Harbour Place Day Centre (HPDC), a project for people in North East Lincolnshire dealing with multiple issues including homelessness, have been awarded £477,949 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.”