Depaul UK has received £300,000 from players of People's Postcode Lottery since the beginning of 2014. A homelessness charity that provides accommodation and support for young people across the UK, Depaul has big plans on how best to use the money.
A part of the cash boost will fund a brand new Learning and Work Service called "Get Up and Go!" The programme gives young residents in Depaul accommodation the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge required to help them access employment, education or training.
Martin Houghton-Brown, Chief Executive of Depaul UK, said,"The invaluable support of players of People's Postcode Lottery means that we can get on and do what we do best. So many of the young people we work with badly want to work, secure a job and achieve their goals and dreams. Many of our residents have had their education and employment completely disrupted by the more pressing need of having to find somewhere safe to stay.
"As soon as they have a safe place to call home, young people in Depaul accommodation get all the support they need to break the cycle of homelessness and step closer to independent living."
As well as providing longer-term settled accommodation, Depaul helps young people to address the issues that cause them to become homeless. Often these problems are related to a family breakdown or a sudden need to leave home, so Depaul offers family mediation to help them return home. Depaul also runs Nightstop, a national scheme offering safe emergency overnight accommodation, which last year helped over 2,000 young people.
Hazel Johnstone, Trusts Manager at People's Postcode Lottery said, "The work carried out by the team at Depaul is invaluable to so many people, and I am delighted that through the support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, so many young lives can benefit from this funding."