A charity will use new funding to train up Boston’s homeless people to be able to make and donate furniture to those in need in the borough.
Centrepoint Outreach has been handed a grant of £37,916 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthStrength through The Health Lottery.
The funding will see a new project called ‘Trails from the Riverbank’ set up to provide training for homeless people in up-cycling furniture with the finished items being donated to people in need in the local community.
Starting in October, Centrepoint Outreach will be holding twice weekly sessions at Fenside Community Centre.
Chief executive officer of Centrepoint Outreach, Liz Hopkins said: “This grant will help us to build upon our work with those who are homeless by giving them the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
“Many homeless people lack direction in their lives and can feel very isolated. Engaging in a positive activity together will not only give them a greater sense of purpose but will also help them to feel less isolated and will help to create stronger connections with the communities in which they are living.
“In order to achieve this, the project is focusing on two specific areas of the town adjoining the river, Fenside and an area from the Dock to Wide Bargate. The up-cycled furniture will then be donated to people in need who live in these areas.”
Centrepoint Outreach is currently recruiting for a project supervisor to run the project and application packs can be obtained by contacting 01205 360900.
Donald Macrae, director of HealthStrength, said “This project will help to build closer links between those who are homeless and the local communities in which they are living and we are delighted to be supporting it.”