The Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity has teamed up with property industry charity LandAid to provide Greater Manchester Better Outcomes Partnership (GMBOP) with a huge £20,000 funding boost to continue with its amazing work with young homeless people. GMBOP, the charity running the Keep Snug Scheme, is a partnership formed of a group of charities including Depaul UK, Early Break, and Calico, who work in tandem to deliver the Pathfinder programme to young adults who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Keep Snug Scheme acts as an emergency response to the cost-of-living crisis hitting young people across the region. Through the scheme, young people at risk of homelessness in Greater Manchester are able to access small grants to help cover winter fuel bills and sudden rent increases, making sure they stay warm and housed.
This boost will enable the Pathfinder programme to support a greater number of young people to combat the increasing pressures they face as a result of escalating bills. The funding was put in place at the end of 2022 and has already been able to provide food, warm clothing, and kitchen equipment for those most in need. This is an essential charity to have in a city like Manchester, where the number of homeless people is actively decreasing due to initiatives like this, and it’s clear that funding is desperately needed.
Rachel O’Connor, Programme Manager at Greater Manchester Better Outcomes Partnership, said: “The Pathfinder programme is currently working with over 450 young people across Greater Manchester, and we are seeing referral numbers continue to increase as the cost-of-living crisis continues.
“GMBOP’s vital work is making a transformational impact on so many individuals who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness – providing tailored support to enable them to move forward and achieve their aspirations. We can’t thank LandAid enough for this grant funding which will help us to improve even more lives.”
Fran Darlington-Pollock, Head of Strategic Development at Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity said: “We were delighted to join with LandAid to support this vital initiative. The cost-of-living crisis is hitting people hard, and the tailored support provided by the Pathfinder programme is a real life line to young people who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness in Greater Manchester.”