Fantastic Cash Sum to Help Young Homeless People in England
Dec, 1 2020
Have you ever walked past a busy city centre and seen a series of one, maybe two or even three homeless people. Did it ever occur to you what they are going through in their personal life? They may have had a measure of success previously but now they find themselves destitute and lost on the streets with no hope and a questionable future, until now.
The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded an excess of £600,000 to a project directed at young homeless people in the North of England and Scotland through the amazing power of sport.
Virgin Money has made the grant possible awarded to Active Partnership’s Young People Forward project. It is the title sponsor of the London Marathon which is owned by London Marathon Events, the trading company for The Trust.
Under 600 young people will see their lives radically transformed who are currently either homeless or at risk of homelessness. As time permit’s a programme model will be developed to inspire long term physical activity.
The funding will be distributed by Active Partnerships to seven delivery partners in the North of England and Scotland which will provide sport related sessions in 11 areas:
- Greater Manchester
- South Yorkshire
- West Yorkshire
- Tyne & Wear
- West Lothian
Statistics show that about 25% of all applications for help with homelessness or being accepted for a housing duty come from people aged 25 or below. In the areas targeted by this project, there were 13,406 homeless young people reported in the North West in 2018/2019, 9,453 in Yorkshire and the Humber, 4,967 in the North East and 6,996 in Scotland. (Centrepoint Youth Homelessness Databank).
Sir Rodney Walker, Chairman of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, explains how it all works,
“The Trust is committed to supporting projects that challenge the inequality of access to physical activity so that everyone has the opportunity to be active, supporting their health and wellbeing. It is with great thanks to Virgin Money for their generous donation that we have been able to work together to support this important initiative – the timing of which could not be more significant. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequalities faced by many vulnerable people, and the Young People Forward project will use the power of physical activity to improve the lives of many young people facing homelessness.”
The grant has been awarded through The Trust’s Strategic Partnership Grants programme, a supportive alliance to many projects across the UK. This pro-active initiative is designed to inspire activity and challenge the inequality of access to physical activity for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.
Virgin money donation enables the London Marathon Charitable trust to award £600,000 to inspire activity among young homeless people.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger