Big Lottery Fund totalling £497,000 supports people in Northampton facing a personal crisis

Springs Family Centre will benefit from the Big Lottery Fund
Springs Family Centre will benefit from the Big Lottery Fund

People in Northampton facing a crisis as a result of extreme circumstances are to be helped by a Big Lottery fund of nearly £500,000.

The grant has been awarded to fund an initiative led by Re:store Northampton in partnership with Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Central and East Northamptonshire, Citizen Advice Bureau and Springs Family Centre.

Rachel McGrath, grants director from Northamptonshire Community Foundation, looking through funding applications. ENGNNL00120130325165221

Rachel McGrath, grants director from Northamptonshire Community Foundation, looking through funding applications. ENGNNL00120130325165221

The project will be one of 59 projects across England that have been funded by The Big Lottery Fund sharing £30 million to support more than 35000 people to tackle problems caused through life crisis.

A total of £497,848 will be spent over five years to support those facing a crisis. The partnership will tackle poverty on our doorsteps by expanding current services and developing new services to support local people.

Re: Store Northampton will provide a life skills programme and a money management course through its drop in centre alongside emergency food parcels. The Charity will also recruit a Life Skills Worker to oversee the project activity.

Anya Willis, charity director of Re:Store Northampton, said: “We are delighted that Re:store Northampton has successfully secured a Five Year grant from The Big Lottery, Help Through Crisis fund. Collectively we will be expanding current activities and developing new services to support local people who are experiencing food poverty. This will help fulfil the hope of offering a ‘hand-up’ rather than just a ‘hand-out’.”

Springs Family Centre will be able to extend its jobs club opening hours and a series of cooking on a budget courses for young people. The centre will also recruit a dedicated community worker to support beneficiaries in the area of Spring Boroughs.

Clive Ireson, development manager of Springs Family Centre, said: “We are delighted to receive funding over the next five years that will enable us to work closely with our partners, to move people along the pathway from crisis to independence.”

Central and East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice Bureau will provide dedicated one to one advice and outreach support to clients from Re:Store and Springs Family Centre helping people get their life back on track.

Martin Lord, of Central and East Northamptonshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “We’re really pleased about the success of this bid – now the hard work begins. We’ve long thought it was a good idea to work closely with food banks, and through this initiative will be putting our expert help and advice right where it’s needed.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation will continue to facilitate a Food Poverty Network promoting best practice in supporting people in crisis and develop a programme for clients of the partnerships to shape local services including volunteer placements and training to help build skills and aspirations.

Rachel McGrath, grants director for the foundation, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership building on the work of the Northamptonshire food poverty network to help tackle poverty locally and working alongside organisations to ensure people in crisis have the best access to relevant services.”