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ACTion Glos Wins Nationwide Community Grant

26 September 2018

ACTion Glos is celebrating after making a successful bid for funding from the Nationwide Building Society for its work to support vulnerable people in the area.

Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, was looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing in the West Midlands, and made £250,000 available to help make a difference in communities across the region.

Now the names of the successful charities have been announced – and P3's ACTion Glos has been confirmed as one of those that have been successful.

P3 Director of Strategy and Innovation Gemma Bukel stated: “We’re delighted that Nationwide has awarded us a community grant which is designed to add even greater value to our ACTion Glos service. It will enable us provide a dedicated tenancy officer who will deliver one-to-one group sessions for our ACTion Glos clients, leading to a recognised accreditation in tenancy management from Aim Awards.

“Our hope is for this additional support to build confidence with budgeting, hygiene, maintenance and understanding the responsibilities of being a tenant. Our aim is to break the cycle of long-term homelessness and enable people to maintain their own safe, secure home. For these people, tomorrow can be better than today. Thank you Nationwide for being part of their success.”

Gareth Franks, Nationwide’s Regional Director, said: “One in six people in the West Midlands have been homeless or have experienced family or close friends without a home of their own, so it’s imperative that we do something about this.

“Helping people into homes of their own is at the heart of what we do as a building society, which is why we’re making funding available for local housing projects. In fact, we’re making £22 million available for the next five years across the UK to do just this and ensure everyone has a place fit to call home.”

ACTion Glos support people with a history of homelessness that face multiple barriers to social inclusion, such as offending, drug and alcohol misuse and poor mental health, the service addresses the concern that people with multiple, complex needs may fall between the gaps.

A Community Board of Nationwide members, employees, and local housing experts were appointed to have a say on which local community projects were supported, with almost 20,000 members then voting on the awards shortlist across four regions, including the West Midlands.

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