Homelessness project gets cash bonus

The King's Arms Project helps people to break the cycle of poverty.
The King's Arms Project helps people to break the cycle of poverty.

A good cause that helps homeless people to rebuild their lives has bagged almost £30,000 in grant funding.

Bedford’s King’s Arms Project works with a wide range of homeless people, often helping them to overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

The charity has been given £29,207 from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund and will be used to run life training courses. These aim to break the cycle of poverty by building confidence and strengthening life and social skills.

Chief executive of the King’s Arms Project, Simon Dwight, said: “We are excited and very grateful to receive this award.

“We have already seen great success on this project with a high number of previously homeless clients developing their skills, gaining confidence and moving into employment.

“The funding will enable us to develop our courses to support more than 100 clients over the next 18 months.

“This will help us to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness for local people in Bedford. As a result, more people can secure work or receive the training they need for future employment.”

The good cause runs a hostel, night shelter and moving on housing, along with life skills courses, mentoring, voluntary work placements and conducts outreach with rough sleepers.

It is one of nine worthwhile organisations to receive a chunk of a £2.5million fund set up by the banking group.