Deptford homelessness charity 999 Club has won new funding from Comic Relief to contribute to the essential services it offers to people who sleep rough, or are vulnerably housed in South London.
Comic Relief Building Stronger Communities gives grants to grassroots organisations who work to create places where people feel safe and secure, and can access fundamental services, including housing, education, and healthcare. The aim is to facilitate work with disadvantaged and vulnerable communities that will that help people identify their strengths and overcome barriers to productivity, connection or community wellbeing.
‘We’ve been awarded a two year grant that will make a vital contribution to our core funding,’ said Andrew Mitchell, Head of Fundraising, 999 Club. ‘This kind of grant is particularly important as we can spend it on essential costs. One of the most popular services we offer is a hot shower for people who sleep rough. Our water and electricity bills are one very basic way we make a difference. People come in to access these services, and we can then encourage them to take steps to address their homelessness.’
The 999 Club provides Advice & Support that helps people to find a home, a Learning & Activities programme to improve their self esteem and confidence, and Employability Support to help them find a job. Essential services combined with high quality tailored support help homeless people to make long term, transformative changes to their lives.