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LAMP homeless charity LU1

Location: UK » North West » L

The Christian charity works with homeless 16-25 year olds by providing secure accommodation and individual ongoing support, as well as educational workshops on homelessness in the local area. LAMP’s objective is to positively change the lives of disadvantaged homeless 16-25 year olds in Luton and the surrounding areas, and enable each individual to reach their full potiential, live independently and participate fully in the community and all aspects of society. LAMP achieves this by providing safe, secure housing, an individual support plan (incl guidance in career, life skills, finance, etc.), advice and genuine care for their welfare and future.

They have previously partly relied on the government for funding but due to the public sector cuts expect to lose between £60,000-130,000. The charity’s funding needs are around £190,000 per annum of which they raise £60,000 from their own fundraising efforts.

Over the past ten years the charity has helped 3,000 young people, of which up to 1,000 it has housed. From giving advice, to helping homeless young people stay in education or live independently, the charity does what it can to support the vulnerable. It has already lost £34,000 of funding from Connexions in September 2010 that was targeted at 16-18 year-olds.

They currently have a contract with the government programme Supporting People for £97,000, but Luton Borough Council has not renewed this contract. Instead, they have put the contract out to open tender rather than re-commissioning it to current providers like LAMP. Due to the contract being reduced even if the charity were to win the contract it would face approximately a 30% drop in overall funding.

To fight the consequences of the cuts, the charity is looking to increase its Trust Grant applications and to establish Social Enterprise initiatives to generate money. Working as a consortium with five other local charities, LAMP hopes to secure its future.

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