Amicus Trust awarded grant to provide mental health support for homeless adults

Kellie Ormond (Amicus Trust) Gavin Burgoyne, Janette Grose, Julian Georges, Steph Hawking, Adrian Bean (Community Board member)

Amicus Trust, a local charity supporting homeless adults, has been awarded a grant by Nationwide Building Society to support 100 vulnerable people.

With 75% of the charity’s clients experiencing mental health issues, the Bedford-based charity will use the grant to provide outreach support for homeless adults trying to overcome and manage their mental health issues, so they feel ready to move into a home of their own.

In addition to mental health support, a Skills Development Worker will be available to deliver one-to-one support so individuals can also gain the skills needed to run their own home and the confidence and motivation to find and sustain employment.

Amicus Trust has been supporting homeless adults for over 40 years and has found that up around three quarters of its client group experience mental health issues, a leading cause of homelessness.

Janet Prince, CEO of Amicus Trust, explained: “Many of the people who seek help from Amicus want the opportunity to progress from their current situation.  But while they remain homeless it is almost impossible to overcome poor mental health and develop new skills.

“Their lifestyles can be too chaotic and personal barriers make trust and regular engagement difficult.

“With the grant from Nationwide, we will be able to engage on a one-to-one basis via Outreach Workers who will support people with their mental health and skills development needs.   This will give individuals a real opportunity to progress permanently away from homelessness.”

Gary Matthews, Nationwide’s Regional Director for the Central area, said: “We know that there are many people who 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, to help make a real and lasting difference, we are aiming to make £5.5 million available in grant funding for housing-related charities and organisations across the UK per year.”

“In the next 12 months our project will support 100 vulnerable adults,” added Amicus Trust’s Janet Prince.

“75% of them will experience improved mental well-being and move into their own home.  25% will also become employed after a period of long-term unemployment.  Without the support of Nationwide we simply could not deliver this essential support.”

Anyone who is either a homeless adult aged 16 – 65 years old or at risk of homelessness, can call  01234 358478 for help and support.