A CHARITY that helps people across 1066 Country improve their education and employability has received a grant of more than £150,000.
Finding Futures, part of the Brighton Housing Trust (BHT), was awarded £156,672 in total from the Big Lottery Fund designed to reach out to the most excluded women in Hastings and Rother.
The Women’s Involvement Network (WIN) will run as part of the Finding Futures Programme over four years, increasing the confidence and skills of disadvantaged women in the area and empowering them to overcome the barriers they face to employment.
Hastings MP Amber Rudd joined the local charity for a double celebration to mark its fifth anniversary and news of its Big Lottery funding success.
She said: “It’s great to see another inspiring initiative from BHT. I am delighted that it will be dedicated to reaching excluded women. We are so fortunate to have this new project in our great town.”
Finding Futures, a BHT Sussex service offering a personal, self-development and motivational programme for people of all ages, has supported more than 500 learners since 2008. The variety of learning activities has helped participants to improve their life skills, gain qualifications and secure employment.
Philippa White, Finding Futures manager, said: “We have grown from strength to strength over the last five years and I feel honoured to have witnessed so many learners gaining the skills, experience and confidence they need to move forward with their lives. Receiving funding for our new project is fantastic news and we feel confident we can deliver the project to the same high standards with fantastic results.”