Ashley Foundation

Blackpool

Grant: £102,000

The need

For young people struggling with alcohol and drug dependency and mental health problems, homelessness is a very real possibility.  The Ashley Foundation is working with vulnerable people in Blackpool who suffer from these issues, helping them take control of their lives and develop vital skills for independent living. 

The project

We’re proud to have awarded £102,000 to The Ashley Foundation to help convert an empty property into accommodation for vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness. Five one-bed flats and a training suite will be created with the funding and tenants will be given support to live independently - those with mental health issues will be offered social care and extra support. 

The impact

The project will empower young people experiencing mental distress. It will provide them with individual support, including motivational interviewing and goal setting, and help them to take ownership over finding the right mental health treatments and services.

The project has also helped local young people who are unemployed by training them in construction skills. Sean, one of the young people involved in the project, said: "The Ashley Foundation has shown me that people really do care. I am now more confident and working towards my dream job – being in the army”.