The government has announced that £6 million will be made available for frontline homelessness charities.

The funding will go via a bidding process to over 130 homelessness charities across the country to help them provide services, including specialist physical and mental support.

The funding will directly benefit North West Durham, with £18,000 being made available for Cornerstone Supported Housing and Counselling. Based in Willington, Cornerstone provides emergency accommodation and semi-supported living. Cornerstone also provides a counselling service, family and relationship support, and vocational training to help people get back into work. The training takes place in their factory workshop, and a number of local retail outlets. Both paid staff and volunteers work at Cornerstone, and some volunteers have experience with the criminal justice system.

Richard said:

“I am absolutely delighted that more funding for charities has been made available, and I am so pleased that Cornerstone has been recognised as one of the charities that deserves additional funding.

“It provides an absolutely vital service and support system for people when they need it most and the work they do is truly outstanding… it is so important that those who are vulnerable are given the support and health that they need and this funding will be an enormous boost.”

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