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London charity receives vital help to provide weekend services for the homeless

The Connection in St Martin’s-in-the Field, London, has today received a £185,000 Government grant to provide much needed services for homeless people in the Capital.

Visiting the charity, Minister for the Third Sector Angela Smith, heard first hand how their Government Hardship Fund grant will secure a weekend service for homeless people in Trafalgar Square - benefiting  over 1,000 rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people. This is the only weekend service in the Capital providing a day and night service and is open all year round.

In total 74 voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises across the country have received Government Hardship Fund grants offers today worth between £50,000 and £250,000 each.

Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, said:

“The Connection in St Martin’s-in-the Fields is a great example of an organisation that is delivering vital help and their Government grant will enable them to provide a much needed weekend service for homeless people in the Capital.

“Today the first 74 organisations have been offered Hardship Fund grants that range from £50,000 to £250,000. They provide real help to organisations in England delivering front line services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society. The Hardship Fund is still open for applications so there is still a chance for other organisations to benefit from the fund just as the Connection in St Martin’s-in-the Field has.

Colin Glover, Chief Executive of the Connection at St Martin's said:

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this grant from the Hardship Fund.  It will enable us to continue providing weekend services for vulnerable homeless people, as well as helping to respond generally to a significant increase in demand for our services.”

The £16.7 million Hardship Fund was announced by the Chancellor in his Budget in April 2009 to help voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises that are suffering financial hardship that is impacting on their ability to deliver vital services in health and social care, housing support, education and training, and information, advice and guidance.

The Hardship Fund builds on the £42.5 million package of measures announced in the Government’s Real Help for Communities Action Plan in February 09. 

The fund is still open for applications from third sector organisations delivering front-line services who are suffering a reduction in income which is impacting on their ability to deliver those services. To apply, organisations must have an income of £200,000 a year or more.

Notes to editors:

The Connection at St Martin’s provides an open-door specialist service to homeless people in central London, 21 hours a day, 364 days a year. They are the busiest day centre in London, supporting an average of 5,000 people to move away from homelessness each year.

The £185,000 Hardship Fund grant will be used to safeguard their weekend service for homeless people in Trafalgar Square. This is the only service in London providing a day and night service on weekends and is open all year. The grant will benefit over 1,000 rough sleepers and vulnerably housed people.

The Hardship Fund is being administered by the Community Development Foundation (CDF). Community Development Foundation (CDF) is the leading source of community development expertise and delivery. As a public body and a charity we bridge government, communities and the voluntary sector. We help local people lead. Our aim is for an inclusive and just society. Our mission is to lead community development analysis and strategy in order to empower people to influence decisions that affect their lives. For info, visit [External website]

23 organisations in London have received Hardship Fund grant offers today worth a total of £2,293,578. A full list of the organisations are below:

Organisations receiving Hardship Fund
NameAmount of great
999 £50,000
Age Concern Brent £52,896
BANG Edutainment Ltd £107,462
British Stammering Association £59,324
Broadway Homelessness and Support £77,590
Counsel and Care £160,000
Daycare Trust £90,527
East London Advanced Technology Training (ELATT) £150,000
Four Corners £100,000
Gingerbread (the National Council for One Parent Families) £189,930
Harrow Citizens Advice Bureau Service £59,195
Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) £67,104
Local Employment Access Projects £187,500
Maytree Respite Centre £83,780
MDF The BiPolar Organisation £70,000
Middlesex Association for the Blind £62,071
Positively Women £106,776
Prison Advice & Care Trust (pact) £50,000
Prisoners Abroad £50,000
The Connection at St Martins in the Fields £185,000
The Field Lane Foundation £90,777
Westminster Befriend A Family £56,923
Romford YMCA £186,723