With the help of Wessex Partnerships, Two Saints Housing Association was able to secure two substantial grant investments, totalling over £500,000.
Two Saints is a registered housing association working across Hampshire and West Berkshire to support people who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides accommodation and support for as long as it takes to restore a person’s self confidence, help them to live independently and to reintegrate with society.
Chief Executive, Simon Mantle explains, ‘The solution to homelessness is not simply about making accommodation available. The fact remains that a lot of homeless people don’t have the life-skills they need to maintain that accommodation and get access to employment. They’ve missed opportunities along the way and without redressing the balance, most will find it extremely difficult to change the way that they live.’
Originally, WPL worked with Two Saints to develop an organisation wide Learning Strategy for staff and clients across its four main sites in Hampshire and West Berkshire. WPL then worked with Two Saints for start up funding to provide new learning facilities for their homeless clients. £300,000 was obtained from the European Social Fund with the help of WPL.
In order to secure the longer term sustainability of the project, Two Saints needed additional funds. After a well-received outline proposal to the Big Lottery Fund (BLF), WPL and Two Saints worked on a joint full application. This had the desired result; £245,000 was allocated by the BLF to Two Saints over three years.
Operations Director, Joanna Bound says, ‘We value WPL’s expertise and guidance in developing the strategy and securing this funding. Without it, we couldn’t have developed the project.’