Earlier this year we were delighted to hand over a cheque for £10,000 to The Lantern Trust, an independent charitable organisation founded in 1983 to benefit vulnerable and marginalised people in the borough of Weymouth and Portland. In partnership with Dorset County Council the Trust provides a specialised Housing and Resettlement Project for those in housing need, "endeavouring to meet the complex needs of our customers with a flexible and holistic approach."
Using the money from The DPS Fund, The Lantern Trust has begun to find homes for 40 people across Weymouth and Portland. This donation will help The Lantern Trust provide interest-free loans towards rent deposits and rent.
Daren King, our Head of Tenancy Deposit Protection, said: “We’ve donated over £200,000 to good causes over the last three years, and we’re delighted to extend our support to the Weymouth and Portland area.
"The Lantern Trust does excellent work supporting socially excluded and marginalised people as well as reducing homelessness, and we’re glad that this donation is going to such an excellent project."
Mike Graham from the Lantern Trust said: “Parts of our borough are among the poorest in England and we need to work together and with organisations such as The DPS that are willing to lend a hand. We’ll put this generous donation to excellent use, reducing homelessness locally and benefiting not just those individuals housed but also the wider community."
We’ll return to the Lantern Trust in the future to find out more about how our donation has helped people in need, so keep an eye on our website.