Sheffield based charity, The Cathedral Archer Project, have been granted £280k by The Big Lottery Fund for their services in helping homeless people in the area.
The Cathedral Archer Project works with homeless adults to support them to develop their independence and change their circumstances in order to achieve a fulfilling life. They help homeless people also through medical support, crisis support and any food aid that is needed.
The money will be used to fund the Changing Lives programme. The programme’s aim is to provide activities for the homeless, which include anything from cooking classes to learning how to write a job application.
Tracy Viner, Marketing Development Manager, said “The money will have a huge impact on us. The activities are a core part of helping people grow their self esteem and their self worth. It could also be something as simple as they need to get a certificate for education to help them get a job.
“We give them some control over the activities so they evolve with their needs to actually help them grow even further.”
The issue of homelessness has been in the public eye recently with a homeless man dying on the ‘doorstep’ of The Houses of Parliament and a rough sleeper being found dead on Meetinghouse Lane in Sheffield last month.
Tracy said “Homelessness is not just about putting somebody within four walls and a roof, there is a lot more to it than that. It is a complex issue that impacts on social services, mental health and also underlining issues such as addiction”
“There isn’t a quick fix to the issue otherwise the government would of done that a long time ago. Everybody has been trying but we haven’t necessarily got the right solution yet.”
The Cathedral Archer Project are part of a consortium of other agencies and providers in the city including the council, police and the drug and action team.
You can see the fundraising events the charity are organising at www.archerproject.org.uk such ‘Sleep Outs’ to raise awareness.