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Broxtowe Youth Homelessness celebrates £7,500 funding boost

A Nottingham charity set up to help prevent youth homelessness is to launch its first drop-in sessions after securing £7,500 of funding.

Broxtowe Youth Homelessness (BYH) was awarded the money by the Wesleyan Foundation, which was set up by specialist financial services mutual Wesleyan.

The funding will be put towards BYH Living Room, a project which will provide open, friendly and informal drop-in sessions for young people experiencing homelessness.

The Wesleyan Foundation grant will also be used to hire a Drop in Worker, responsible for hosting three Living Room sessions each week at the charity's Stapleford office. The employee will work alongside housing officers and other bodies to identify local people in need.

Since moving to its new office in February, Broxtowe Youth Homelessness has supported 85 young people affected by homelessness across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Jessica Brannan, Manager at Broxtowe Youth Homelessness, said: "We know from first-hand experience that consequences of homelessness on young people are both devastating and far-reaching, and no young person deserves to suffer in silence.

"That's why the BYH Living Room initiative is so essential in supporting young people experiencing homelessness as much as possible. We're extremely grateful to the Wesleyan Foundation for making this happen."

Vicki Wentworth, Wesleyan's Chief Customer Officer, said: "Broxtowe Youth Homelessness does vital work in Nottingham and Derby, and we're proud to support projects like the BYH Living Room through the Wesleyan Foundation to really make a difference to those who need it most."

The Foundation was launched by Wesleyan in June 2017 and has provided more £300,000 in funding to 87 charities, community groups and social enterprises around the country.

For more information about the Wesleyan Foundation and to apply for funding visit the Foundation page of the Wesleyan website.

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