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The Isle of Wight Law Centre will provide support to more homeless people in the community thanks to a £44,745 3-year grant from Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The grant will enhance its current Private Rented Sector Access service, a project that works in partnership with private sector landlords to rehouse homeless people rehoused by the charity and provides ongoing support, advice and guidance. This will help individuals to maintain their accommodation, gain employment and make positive life choices that will stop them going through the ‘revolving door’ of homelessness.

The project is delivered in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council, which relieves the pressure on the limited availability of social housing here on the Island.

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Matt Thatcher, Manager at Isle of Wight Law Centre, said:

“Lloyds Bank Foundation recognised how successful our current project has been here on the Island, and that recognition means the continuation of the current project. Receiving the grant will allow us to assist more people who are often in very desperate need.”

Lou Phillips, of the Isle of Wight Law Centre

Lou Phillips, Project Co-Ordinator at Isle of Wight Law Centre, said:

“In the last 12 months the Law Centre has rehoused 52 individuals and couples. Without the assistance of funders like Lloyds Bank Foundation and Crisis this would have been impossible, and we could have ended up with many of those individuals being homeless.”

Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said:

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“Cuts to public funding and changes to commissioning mean specialist local charities are struggling to stay afloat despite increasing demand for their services. Funding from grant makers such as Lloyds Bank Foundation can be a lifeline for many such small charities.

“We are pleased to get this new year off to a great start by supporting Isle of Wight Law Centre, whose work in the community is invaluable. We will be working even more closely with all the charities we support in 2017 to make sure their voices are heard.

Isle of Wight Law Centre received 1 of 51 new grants made to small and medium-sized charities in the third round of Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest grants for 2016, worth a total of £3,210,588. The Foundation made a total of 281 grants worth £12.3m last year.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is the largest corporate foundation by spend in the UK and an independent charity funded by Lloyds Banking Group as part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan. Charities interested in applying for grant funding should visit the website.

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