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Valued Leicester young person’s service receives Children in Need support, February 2018

Valued Leicester young person’s service receives Children in Need support, February 2018

Bethany Court is expanding its offering after being awarded an increase in funding and appointing a new development manager.

The Leicester-based service which is owned and managed by specialist housing provider Adullam Homes, has been successful in increasing the size of a BBC Children in Need grant from £64,000 to £99,000 over the next three years.

It has also secured the maximum amount of £10,000 from the SHIRE grant fund to support the employment of a new development manager, Emma Burke. Emma will be tasked with running the ‘Step Up’ programme.

‘Step Up’ seeks to secure and sustain the work of Bethany Court and strengthen its referral and partner networks in lesser used boroughs and districts. It also aims to grow the geographical reach of the project and develop its ability to reconnect vulnerable individuals to their families and local community.

Bethany Court provides accommodation and support for up to 12 homeless and vulnerable young women who are pregnant or have children. It works with more than 26 individuals each year, 60-70% of whom will come from Leicestershire Boroughs and districts, aiming to reduce the demand on local services and the intervention of social services in the future.

Trevor Palfreyman, Chief Executive of Adullam Homessaid, “Adullam Homes is committed to helping vulnerable people in their time of need. The service that we have been able to provide at Bethany Court, as a result of the funding secured with BBC Children in Need, has been extremely beneficial. That this amount has been increased by a further £30,000 demonstrates that Bethany Court is a vital service for a number of families.

“This, combined with Emma’s appointment will enable us to continue the programme and expand its reach in the future.”

Emma Burke said, “Bethany Court provides much needed support to vulnerable families and allows them to access safe living conditions and a network of support.

“In my role, I aim to make new connections to develop Bethany Court’s current offering. This includes engaging with universities to introduce placements with specialist social work students, creating more partnerships with new private landlords and housing companies in the region, and working with other organisations to provide volunteering and training opportunities.”