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Grant awarded to help people take back control of their lives

04 Apr 2016

Grant awarded to help people take back control of their lives

Community Links has been awarded a grant of £486,024 as part of the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Help Through Crisis’ programme which is supporting 59 projects across England.

As one of nine projects working in London, Community Links will work with vulnerable people in Newham to tackle the underlying causes of their crisis through advice on issues such as employment, homelessness, debt and health problems.

The 5 year grant from the Big Lottery Fund will support the delivery of our advice services including further training for ‘community champions’. These are volunteers who provide services in their local community by supporting people to spot problems at an early stage and help them to access the right advice and services.

The project is aimed at people who find it difficult to access support because they are disabled, have a mental health issue, are isolated from the community, are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

Immediate support to tackle the crisis such as food parcels will be given to clients in certain cases, before working to address underlining issues. The ultimate aim is to help people gain the confidence needed to take control of their own lives and plan for a better future.

More information about the Big Lottery Fund’s £30 million investment can be found here. If you need advice on welfare benefits, debt or housing we can help you. Every Monday-Thursdays we offer free initial advice and bookings for appointments through a daytime drop-in service. Details can be found here