Help fund course to open doors for the homeless of Scunthorpe
A project that helps equip homeless youngsters in North Lincolnshire with the skills needed to hold down a tenancy agreement is in desperate need of funding.
The Opening Doors project has been running for the last two years at The Lighthouse in Scunthorpe.
The homeless base on Frodingham Road is expected to see an increase in the number of young people coming through its doors in the coming months, as various factors – including dropping out of college – push over-16s to leave their family home in search of their own accommodation.
David Wooldridge, manager of the Lighthouse, is currently trying to raise £5,000 to continue to run a programme aimed at teaching youngsters survival skills for living independently – to reduce the likelihood of them being kicked out onto the street.
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"We do a free course called Opening Doors," said Mr Wooldridge. "It equips young people with the skills needed to hold down a tenancy because many young people have never had their own place before and without those skills they might quickly find themselves homeless from a property.
"We are currently seeking funding for it. It's run through the New Life Church and we need about £5,000, which is not that much.
"The course teaches them all sorts, ranging from helping them to prioritise bills to showing them what to expect on moving in day, like putting up curtain rails – teaching them all different life skills, making them appealing to landlords."
Seventy people have benefited from the course and it gives those who successfully complete it a qualification which proves they are good tenants.
But as some youngsters find new accommodation, their departure from The Lighthouse makes way for new arrivals.
One youngster told how he is looking to move onwards and upwards when he completes the course.
He said he had been involved in crime since the age of 12, left his parents home after a fight with his dad and was put into foster care. A year ago found himself on the streets and turned to The Lighthouse for help. The young man, who did not wish to be named, said: "The course has made me ready to be independent.
"I got bad exam results but I have since started a joinery course at college and I'm really enjoying it. Things are looking up."
To help The Lighthouse reach its £5,000 target, simply text LTHSO1 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070. Over-18s only.