£250,000 grant for Ferry Project

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LUMINUS Group’s Fenland-based homelessness charity, Ferry Project, has been awarded £250,000 from the Governments Homelessness Transition Fund, allowing it to expand its night shelter in Wisbech and continue its mission to assist homeless people on the road to independence by providing shelter and equipping them with basic life skills.

The night shelter was opened last year in Norfolk Street, Wisbech, and has since provided 2,462 nights of emergency accommodation for the migrant community who have no access to benefits.

The initial funding was due to run out in March but with this new grant award, one of the highest in the country, Ferry Project will not only continue to help migrant workers restore and rebuild their lives, but also expand the night shelter services to support other homeless people in the local community.

Residents at the shelter will have access to Ferry Project’s headquarters at Octavia View, a beautifully refurbished grade II listed building in Wisbech that provides education, training and volunteering opportunities, assisting them out of poverty and back on the road to independent living.

Ferry Project has also helped over 150 local people in the last nine months at its hostel and ‘move on’ accommodation. Eighty percent of these people are now living independently, a testimony to the success of Ferry Project.

Ferry Project has been heralded as a ‘national beacon’ by homeless charities for the excellent services it provides, and was recently commended by Cambridgeshire Police for reducing anti-social behaviour in Wisbech.

Sharon Allen, chair of the Fund’s Grants Panel, said: “In these difficult times, the funding announced today will help charities provide the vital support that many homeless people need to get back on their feet.”