A HOMELESSNESS project has been given a Future Ready financial boost.
The York Road Project has been awarded a total of £17,272 to help tackle rough sleeping and homelessness in Woking, Guildford, Runnymede and Spelthorne.
The organisation has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months and a streamlined system of data management is vital to ensure that the organisation is able to evidence work completed and to easily provide statistics
to current commissioners and potential funders.
The grant will pay for purchase of a client information database and related costs. The system will enable York Road Project to tailor its service delivery to match trends in the needs of clients and reduce the time spent by staff completing paperwork.
Director of the Homelessness Transition Fund, Samantha Rennie, said: “With the needs of clients becoming increasingly complex and financial pressures being felt in many areas, homelessness services must be flexible to adapt in the face of these challenges.
“The Future Ready Fund aims to provide the financial boost that is often required for this process.
“The project was selected because it clearly demonstrated how the funding would enable them to reshape their services to remain effective and sustainable for the coming years. This is the final round of funding and we are proud to have supported so many innovative approaches.”
Welcoming the grant, Project Director of the York Road Project, Cath Stamper, said: “We are thrilled to have received this grant as it will ensure that the project is able to collect data which not only meets the needs of existing commissioners, but also evidences our successes, which will help with future funding applications.
“The database will streamline our administration, allowing more time to be spent supporting our clients.”
The Future Ready Fund has a total budget of £500,000 for 2013/14 which comes from the £20 million Homelessness Transition Fund, an independent fund administered by umbrella organisation Homeless Link and funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.