More help for Barnstaple charity which works with the homeless

A Barnstaple-based charity which helps improve the lives of homeless and vulnerable people has been given a cash boost.   Freedom Social Projects has just been awarded �25,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency to make further improvements to its centr

A Barnstaple-based charity which helps improve the lives of homeless and vulnerable people has been given a cash boost.

Freedom Social Projects has just been awarded �25,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency to make further improvements to its centre in Howard Avenue. The project also secured further match funding from the Clothworkers Foundation.

This builds on the success of 2009 when North Devon Council helped the Freedom Social Projects secure almost �150,000 from the 'Places of Change' government grant programme.

The grants help the centre do more to assist the most vulnerable people in our community into housing, education, training and employment, as well as improve access to health services.


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In the past year, the project has helped 128 people move into independent or supported accommodation; secured improved access to services for 152 people; helped 30 people go into further education; sent 35 people into pre-employment training; helped 12 people gain part-time employment; and seen seven people get full-time jobs.

Cllr Brian Moores, Lead Member for Housing, said: "The council is delighted to continue to help support this project and is thrilled to see such great results. Working with partners like the Freedom Social Projects, is key to improving the lives of our most vulnerable residents."

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Phil Noall, project manager, said: "This additional grant provides a tremendous endorsement to our work and has enabled us to complete the redevelopment of the Freedom Centre.

"The support received from funders and local businesses has been incredible, meaning our five-year development plan has been achieved in only 18 months. We now have an amazing facility and look forward to maximising its potential over the coming months. Our partnership work with North Devon Council is excellent and we are grateful for their continued support."

The Freedom Centre is unique in North Devon and offers an open access day centre for homeless and vulnerable people, education and training programmes, such as life skills courses, basic IT skills, back to work training and healthy living programmes using the centre's gym facilities. The day centre also gives access to basic services such as food, clothes, showers, advice and recreation

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