Funding extension enables us to improve the lives of even more rough sleepers in Peterborough
29 January 2020
We are delighted to announce that funding to help us support some of the most vulnerable people in Peterborough has been extended for another year.
The funding boost comes as part of a £700,000 government grant for Peterborough City Council, with whom we’re proud to work in partnership to end homelessness in the city.
It means that we can continue to offer 12 crash beds - which rough sleepers can use on a night-by-night basis - at our Fair View Court supported housing project and provide two floating support colleagues for a further 12 months.
The funding has also enabled the extension of the Winter Night Shelter, run by Light Project Peterborough. The New Haven, our hostel in the city, acts as a co-ordination point for the scheme, where volunteers meet with homeless individuals and complete the necessary paperwork.
Longhurst Group is a proud member of the Safer Off The Streets partnership, which brings together organisations from voluntary, faith, community and public service agencies and, over the last 12 months, has helped more than 40 rough sleepers into accommodation.
Fay Hirel, Head of Care and Support, said: “We are absolutely committed to working in partnership with other organisations to end rough sleeping in Peterborough and this funding will enable us to continue our fantastic work in this area.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to my teams for all their hard work, which has been recognised by this additional funding.
“Our work to tackle homelessness in Peterborough is a shining example of how Longhurst Group is realising its vision to improve the lives of our customers, regardless of their situation. It’s something we’re very passionate about and so this funding comes as a real boost.”
The funding is for activities in 2020/21. Further discussions between the Government and Peterborough City Council will take place over the coming months regarding continued funding in 2021/22.