Falkirk charity uses £4000 donation to bring food and heat to those in need

A generous grant totalling £4000 has allowed Falkirk Homeless Project (FHP) to ensure children and their families stayed safe, warm and fed this winter.

By James Trimble
Tuesday, 23rd February 2021, 4:30 pm

It came from STV's Family and Community Fund as part of the distribution of Scottish Governments Children's Winter Fund.

A project spokesperson said: “We were very fortunate to receive funding support.

“Grants of £100 per child were made available to those kids who were caught up in the economic hardships resulting from pandemic and economic influences. The grants were designed to help with everyday essentials such as heating and food for preschool and school children.

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“Working closely with local support groups and social works teams, Falkirk Homeless Project was able to successfully distribute the original £3000 received and managed, thanks to the generosity of the STV team, to obtain an additional £1000 which is in course of being distributed.

“Thanks to all who made it possible for needy kids to have a warmer winter and all who worked hard to meet the tight timelines imposed on the getting the funds out to make a difference.”

FHP, which was established in 1996, helps individuals and families move on from homelessness by providing starter packs to those who have newly acquired tenancies and giving them help, advice and support on homelessness issues.

Over the years, the project has built up effective relationships with clients, landlords, partner agencies and sponsors to enable it to achieve its aims.

Last yea, FHP worked together with Falkirk Council and local housing associations in an effort to identify the people in the area who were in the most urgent need of help.

Using another funding grant they managed to secure, the charity was able to look at what has happened to rough sleepers during this coronavirus crisis and what their needs are – providing essential items and clothing for them.

FHP supports the Homelessness Task Force principle everyone in Scotland should have dry, warm, affordable and secure housing and that good housing is crucial to family life, physical and mental health, child development, employment opportunities and the maintenance of sustainable communities.

Visit www.falkirkhomelessproject.btck.co.uk for more information.

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