We are delighted to have received over £74,000 in funding from Children in Need. This will be used to fund our Supported Independence Flats (SIF) where young people will receive life skills training, support and help to access work, education and independent living.
Inspiring Futures is a joint funding programme between BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation. The programme has awarded a total of £6 million to charities who work to improve the prospects of children and young people, and help overcome the barriers, discrimination and disadvantages they face.
Step by Step were recognised as one such organisation, making a real difference to young people at an especially challenging time. Competition for the Inspiring Futures funding was fierce, so winning such a substantial award is welcome validation of the work we do and the difference we make.
The money from the Inspiring Futures initiative will go towards funding our Supported Independence Flats, aimed at accommodating and empowering homeless young people who do not receive Local Authority assistance and have nowhere else to go.
“This funding will allow us to support the most vulnerable young people in our society,” explains Mae Partridge, Regional Foyer Manager. “These are young people who fall through the gaps with no legal status and under no priority housing. The placements we can offer will provide the final stage support needed for someone to gain independence.”
The Children in Need funding gives a huge boost to our Supported Independence Flats project and the chance to help many young people break the cycle of homelessness for good.
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