A Morpeth-based charity has received a welcome funding boost.
An award of £16,000 has been made by the Lloyds Bank Foundation to Barnabas Safe and Sound, which will contribute to the salary of manager Chris Menzies for the next couple of years.
Founded in 2002, Barnabas works with homeless people in Northumberland aged between 16 and 24. It provides temporary accommodation and helps them to overcome their housing issues and move on with their lives.
Housing support staff assist these young adults with their efforts to find jobs or places at college and they teach them the skills they need to live independently, such as cooking, cleaning and budgeting.
One of the charity’s ex-residents, Luke, said: “Barnabas makes a big difference. I don’t know where I would be without this accommodation and support.”
Its youth and community services engage with young people in the area. They include activities run at Morpeth Bouldering Wall next to its headquarters in Dark Lane and Stobhill Youth & Community Centre – formerly Stobhill Youth Club (Boys Club) – which it took on at the start of the year.
Mr Menzies said: “We would like to express our gratitude to Lloyds Bank Foundation for supporting us. This grant will help us grow and work with even more young people at a time when youth homelessness is increasing locally, regionally and nationally.
“We often struggle to accommodate all the young people who are referred to us, but last year we were able to work with 33 young homeless people.”
For more information about the charity, call 01670 514881 or email admin@ barnabas-northumberland.org.uk