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West Lothian youth homelessness charity celebrates £150,000 windfall

A local youth homelessness charity has been awarded over £150,000 to help extend its great work.

Open Door Accommodation Project, based in Craigshill, have been awarded £155,470 over five years to deliver a new Financial Inclusion project targeted at young people who are at risk of homelessness.

The grant has been awarded by Bank of Scotland Foundations multi year Invest programme.

Due to the significant financial impact that Covid-19 has had on people across Scotland, the theme of this year’s programme was Financial Vulnerability, supporting charities who help vulnerable people manage various financial issues, including those who were already facing significant difficulties with their finances before the pandemic, and those who are now accessing charity support services for the first time as a direct result of the pandemic.

Open Door’s new project aims to improve financial literacy, ensuring young people have the skills they need to successfully manage their finances. Financial Inclusion Officer Fiona Lyons will be working with up to one hundred young people per year, helping them with budgeting and supporting them to overcome any financial problems they may have.

In addition to this, she will be delivering Financial Inclusion workshops to local schools and youth groups, equipping young people with the knowledge they need to make sound financial decisions.

Open Door CEO, Aileen Willmott said: “We are so grateful to the Bank of Scotland Foundation for awarding us this much needed money to deliver a new service to vulnerable young people for the next five years.

“Financial hardship is often one of the reasons young people can end up in the homelessness cycle and living in poverty long term. Fiona will be doing all she can to help young people manage their money and maximise their income.

“If any young person would like Fiona’s help, or you would like her to deliver a Financial Inclusion Workshop please do not hesitate to get in touch.2

Fiona Lyons, financial inclusion Officer added: “I am looking forward to working within the West Lothian Community and to supporting you people become independent with the management of their finances and offer support through any challenges they may face.

“This has been a tough time for many people and alongside other organisations I hope to help ease these difficult times by providing the information and tools to help young people avoid financial struggles where possible.”

In all, eleven charities across Scotland received an Invest grant this year, sharing a total of £1,446,155 over a period of three to five years.

Original story from https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/west-lothian-youth-homelessness-charity-25001730


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