Grimsby's Harbour Place scoops a £450k lottery windfall to expand services
AT LEAST 800 of the most vulnerable, socially-excluded people in our community will be helped thanks to a grant of more than £450,000.
The Big Lottery Fund has awarded the money to Harbour Place, Grimsby, one of nine across the wider region today sharing £2.8 million in good cause cash.
The grant will be used by Harbour Place to expand existing services to support more people who experience homelessness and other issues.
It provides users with basic needs, such as food, water, warmth and hygiene, and offers further support with poor physical and mental health, substance and alcohol misuse, unemployment, social isolation, poverty, and reoffending.
The money will also be used to provide more training, and support for employment and volunteering – all aiming to make a dramatic difference to needy people's lives.
Project director Allen Young 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 while 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."
The Harbour Place team, based at a day centre in Albert Street West, also plan to use the grant – £477,949 in total – to provide access to mental and physical health screening, practical and emotional support, advice on housing, debt and managing money.
Mr Young said the award will help provide support for at least 800 people. He added: "Without the day centre, several clients stated, during a consultation, 'that they would most definitely be dead.'
"This goes to show the funding and the work of the project is saving lives."