On 2 December of this year, the Virgin Money Foundation, the independent charitable foundation launched by Virgin Money, announced that it had awarded its first round of individual grants to 25 charitable organisations across the North East region with a total of around £900,000 being donated.
One of these charitable organisations was Moving on (Durham). We asked them to tell us a bit more about their work and how this grant will help them to grow.
Moving On was established in 1998 to break the cycle of youth homelessness in County Durham. They work with people (aged 16-25) who are homeless or on the way to becoming so, particularly those who are most vulnerable and at risk. Moving On (Durham) have five main objectives, providing:
- Information, Advice and Guidance to homeless young people provided at 24 outreach venues across County Durham.
- Counselling to help young people who are in crisis and confused to assist them in taking difficult decisions.
- Assistance for young people to access accommodation
- Tenancy and housing related support
- Moving On Housing: a social lettings agency for young people with additional housing related support
Sue Ryland from the programme told us that the grant will help them to further develop the social lettings agency, Moving On Housing, which provides accommodation with support for homeless young people across County Durham. The team will continue to develop the project but also create a portfolio of houses for their tenants to move into at the end of the support period.
They also intend to employ a housing co-ordinator who will work with private landlords to lease and manage properties in which to place young people who have had the benefit of Move On housing and support but who are now ready to move into independent accommodation.
Sue also told us:
The staff and Board of Trustees at Moving On (Durham) are thrilled to have been successful in this application. We are aware that the fund was very popular with organisations such as ours and that there was a great deal of competition. We are profoundly grateful to have been one of the organisation selected to receive support from the Virgin Money Foundation and we will ensure that many homeless young people will benefit from this award.