THE HINGE Charity received a vital funding boost last week with £151,838 secured for the running of its sites in Bridlington and Goole.
Just over £45,000 will go to the Bridlington centre, which will be used for overheads and maintenance for the next two years.
The rest of the cash will go to the Goole centre allowing it to continue with it’s ‘Chances for Life’ project for the next five years.
The funding, from the Big Lottery ‘Supporting Change and Impact’ programme, Hull and Lincoln Universities, the Lloyds TSB Foundation, the Hilden Charity Trust and the Youth Support Service Community Education Grant, will allow the Hinge Centre to expand its services.
Now that funding is in place, plans to encompass more work with the elderly, mothers with young children and youngsters from the surrounding area are all in the pipeline.
A youth sports and activities club, healthy eating cookery sessions, IT skills training, benefits and housing advice and a debt advice and management service are also in the offing.
Martin Crossland, Strategic Development Manager at the Hinge Centre, said: “This is of course good news and we are delighted to receive financial support from key funders.
“We were notified several weeks ago but an embargo was in place for the big lottery funding until March 21 so it has been difficult to keep this news to ourselves but now we can celebrate.
“The funding allows us to employ a further member of staff for the Bridlington centre which will free up some time for me to focus on further funding and establish new programmes and areas of need during these difficult times.”
The Hinge Charity, which runs the two centres has been running since 1995, supporting over 10,000 adults and young people in that time.
The charity’s future looks bright; it opened the Havenfield Community Centre on January 31 this year, and this funding boost ensures that it can continue helping those in need for years to come.