We are thrilled to announce that Amber has been awarded funding from Nationwide Building Society to support our work with young homeless people in Devon.
Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has been looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing in the South West area, and recently made £500,000 available to help make a difference across communities across the region.
At Ashley Court, in Chawleigh in Mid Devon, we give young people a temporary home and a programme of support that focuses on each person’s strengths and gives them the motivation and skills to move on to sustainable accommodation plus a job or a place at college or university. Nationwide will be funding a Team Leader in Devon to help young homeless people transform their lives and futures for good.
Connor Sams-Hurst, 23, who recently left Ashley Court with a flat and a full time job as a security officer said “My team leader has been amazing, so helpful and enthusiastic…she helped me see a future, find what to do and achieve it. I’m really grateful for the support I’ve had from her and from Amber because without it I really think I’d be dead.”
Rebecca Fry, Fundraising Manager at Ashley Court, said “Connor’s words speak for themselves. Our Team Leaders are central to what we offer to our young residents who have, for whatever reason, lost their way. To support a young person like Conner Amber has to raise £5,000 to ensure they have the support, guidance and reassurance they need to move forward positively. We are extremely grateful to Nationwide Building Society for their support.”
Nationwide invited applications for grants for housing projects that have the potential to strengthen communities and help make a difference in local areas, ranging from innovative new housing, improving conditions, to supporting the most vulnerable. Applications were accepted from across the South West area.
Dan Still, Nationwide’s Regional Director for the South West, said: “We know that there are many people who have been homeless or have experienced family or close friends without a home of their own, so it’s imperative that we do something about this. “Helping people into homes of their own is at the heart of what we do as a building society, which is why we’re making funding available for local housing projects. In fact, we’re making £22 million available for the next over five years across the UK to do just this and ensure everyone has a place fit to call home.”
A Community Board of Nationwide members, employees and local housing experts was appointed to have a say on which local community projects were supported.