A Bridlington charity is celebrating after it was awarded £75,000 which will enable them to carry out crucial work for disadvantaged young people in the town.
Martin Crossland, strategic manager at the Hinge Centre on the Havenfield Estate, said the grant from the Lloyd’s Bank Foundation is vital to ensure young people who have been made homeless get the support they need.
Martin said: “The £75,000 will be allocated to us over the next three years and means we can continue our resettlement support project for 17 to 24-year-olds who are homeless.”
Over the previous two years the Hinge Centre has supported over 400 disadvantaged youngsters in Bridlington.
Martin added: “This funding means we can support even more, and from January we can really get the ball rolling.
“There has been a recent national homeless count which showed our region had low figures.
“However it did not take account of people who are sofa-surfers, or staying with friends and relatives without actually having a home themselves – our belief is that if someone does not have a roof over their head then they cannot live independently.
“We will support them with things like benefits, right up to evictions and family breakdowns.
“We get lots of young people coming through our door who don’t have the essential life skills to live independently – they don’t know how to look after themselves.
“We support them through this process and look to get them into independent homes and continue to support them up to the point where they feel comfortable to move on with their lives.”
The charity also provides support, advice and training to other groups in Bridlington including elderly people, retired people, people on low incomes, lone parents and the unemployed.
If you are homeless or worried about becoming homeless, you can contact the Hinge Centre on 01262 679671 to get advice and support.
An adviser may be able to help you find a way to stay in your home, find a new home more quickly or get help from your the council.