A Rotherham charity will soon be delivering an increased range of services thanks to new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Adults who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless will soon be able to access new opportunities at Shiloh that could improve their education, skills, employability, mental health and wellbeing.
New services launch on April 1st and will form part of Shiloh’s regular support services which include information and advice, advocacy, key work, partner referrals and access to practical support such as hot food and clothing.
Chief Executive of Shiloh, Steve Wylie, commented, “We are delighted to receive this National Lottery grant, which gives us 50% of the funds we need over the next 5 years. Thanks to National Lottery players, the funding will help boost our core services and enable us to support people to become more resilient, learn new skills and take steps towards a new future.”
The funding will pay for staff to deliver activities and support that will help people to learn how to make lifestyle changes and improve their health. There will also be a learning programme that offers opportunities to develop essential life skills like ICT, budgeting, literacy and numeracy.
Steve continued, “This project has been developed around the needs and experiences of our guests. They regularly tell us they want stable accommodation, better health, more skills and better employment prospects. So over these next 5 years we’ll be targeting all our resources towards helping people achieve these goals.”
The grant is good news for Rotherham as homelessness has increased and continues to rise as a result of the pandemic. Last year there were more than 1000 homeless applications made to Rotherham Council and there are currently over 400 households living in temporary accommodation, which includes budget hotels and bedsits.
Steve added, “The priority for us right now is to help the rising number of people move out of temporary accommodation. Christmas was an unusual time for many of us with restrictions on our movement, but spare a thought for those who were stuck in a bedsit or a hotel room on their own. There’s just not enough suitable accommodation for people to move into, so we’re working alongside Rotherham Council to help people not just find a home, but to maintain a tenancy and move on with their life.”
Despite the latest lockdown, Shiloh is still open and serving the community, both remotely and at its covid-secure Centre in Masbrough.
“Our fabulous team of volunteers have helped us keep in regular contact with our guests, many of whom have complex needs as well as being homeless,” said Steve. “We know that many are struggling to manage their health and stay positive, but there is always hope. We’re here for them and along with partners we’re finding new and innovative ways to keep support going.”
The project funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, provides Shiloh with a £458,000 grant over five years, which is just over half the funding the charity needs. The hope is that the remaining funds will come from community fundraising, corporate sponsorship and other grant providers.
The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Since June 2004, it has made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people. National Lottery players raise £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.
Abdou Sidibe, Head of Funding for Yorkshire & Humber at The National Lottery Community Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to support the fantastic ongoing work that Shiloh Rotherham are doing in the community, tackling the issue of homelessness. The funding will help those who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, receive vital support and access to services, which is especially important during these difficult times due to the health and safety of vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”