Earlier this year we launched the DPS Charity Donations Fund. We wanted to give something back to the communities we work in, so every three months up to £20,000 is available to charities working in the housing sector.
I’m delighted to announce that the first donations from our charity donations fund have been chosen. The successful applicants are the 700 Club , based in Darlington; The Sanctuary Trust, located in Rochdale; and The Homesavers Charity, which operates from West Kirby, in the Wirral.
The 700 Club, which helps homeless people achieve independence in safe, sustainable accommodation has received £7,500. CEO John Elliston said “The grant from The DPS will be used to enhance the Bond Deposit Scheme, extending the service it offers to the most chaotic and difficult clients who would usually be excluded from the private rented sector.”
£5,000 has gone to The Sanctuary Trust, a charity working with homelessness and complex homeless related issues. “Following recent austerity-related cuts in funding, the donation from The DPS will allow us to continue our personal development programmes which would otherwise have ceased operation” said David Lackner-Smith, CEO.
We have also donated £7,500 to The Homesavers Charity, which provides tenancy deposits to the homeless, people in danger of becoming homeless, and those on low incomes. Laura Mahon, Charity Secretary, said “We’re delighted that this donation will help provide up to 20 tenancy deposits for individuals and families in housing need, enabling them to obtain a tenancy through the private rental sector.”
Thank you to Isobel Thomson, Chief Executive of NALS, who helped us with the difficult task of choosing the beneficiaries from the applications we received.
We’re currently accepting applications for the second fund donations. If you know of any charity that could benefit from a donation, particularly those who directly improve the provision of housing, the application form is available on our website.