Funding means homeless people in Fareham can get education

John Waldron pictured at 101 Gosport Road, Fareham which has had a National Lottery Grant''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132935-2)
John Waldron pictured at 101 Gosport Road, Fareham which has had a National Lottery Grant''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132935-2)
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A CHARITY which helps homeless people has been able to go above and beyond with the help of a National Lottery grant of £240,000.

Two Saints, which runs 101 Gosport Road – an 18-room hostel in Fareham – received the cash as part of a scheme run by the National Lottery to help worthwhile projects and causes.

The charity was given the cash which it added to through fundraising, bringing it up to £420,000 to spend on providing education and training.

People using hostel can learn new skills, potentially leading them to employment.

One example of the scheme’s success is John Waldron, who came to the hostel four years ago.

Through training provided by Highbury College lecturers at the hostel, John was able to learn valuable computer skills, which he uses every day as a volunteer at the hostel.

John now has stable accommodation and comes back to the hostel to man the reception.

The 66-year-old said: ‘It gave me education and improved my skills. These days everything is on a computer.

‘They helped me sort out my problem and helped me find somewhere to live. Now I volunteer and I try to encourage residents to do the same as me.’

John said the course gave him so much confidence he even bought his own laptop, which he enjoys using. He also praised the work of the hostel.

John said: ‘Two Saints is doing so much good in the community, they deserved the lottery funding. They work hard and I have seen both sides – as a resident and as a volunteer.’

Dean Higgins, learning manager at Two Saints, said the extra money enabled them to go ‘above and beyond’ with the help they give.

He said: ‘Some of the people who come to the hostel do not have the self-esteem or confidence to go into a college environment, so it is vital the lecturers come to us.

‘Without that sort of grant we do not have the resources, facilities or staff to focus so much time on education, training and employment.’

Louise Barnden, chief executive, said: ‘The funding has enabled us to provide important resources for our clients, including access to training, which has resulted in positive outcomes.

‘We look forward to working with the lottery again in the future.’