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East Lancashire homeless charity gets £30k boost
A HOMELESS shelter has been given a boost after it secured £30,000 of funding for the next two years.
Social enterprise Emmaus Burnley, which has a residential site in Old Hall Street, received the grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales. The money will be used to employ a community leader for the next two years.
The organisation provides supportive accommodation, training and life skills to people at risk of homelessness.
Its Burnley shelter, which can house up to 24 people, opened in February 2011 and it also runs two shops: the Second Hand Superstore at the old St John's Infant School, Ivy Street, and Emmaus Homestore, Valley Road. Both stores employ residents and volunteers to help them learn new skills and increase confidence.
Lee Gosling, project director at Emmaus Burnley, said: “We very much welcome the funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, which will go towards the salary of a community leader who is central to the running of Emmaus.
“As a charity we have a proud history of helping individuals who are disadvantaged by lack of access to housing and accommodation.”
Yvonne Taylor, grant manager for Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester at the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, said: “Emmaus Burnley offers an essential service and we are pleased to be able to contribute towards this charity.
“It is an example of one of the many organisations the Foundation supports that helps improve the overall life choices and chances for those affected by homelessness.”
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