Charity gets grant from Lottery to help local jobless

A CHARITY that helps unemployed people in 1066 Country has won a grant of almost £480,000 from the Lottery.

Tomorrow’s People got the three-year grant from the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Award.

The cash, which totals £478,000, will run from next month and enable the charity to work with just under 500 long-term unemployed local people, helping them to get and keep a job, take up training opportunities, return to education or take part in community volunteering programmes.

One of the key target groups for the programme will be workless parents, particularly lone parents, in Hastings and the rest of 1066 Country.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd said: “This is good news for Hastings. We need to help our most vulnerable make progress, and this targeted assistance from Tomorrow’s People will be a great help.”

Debbie Scott, chief executive of Tomorrow’s People, said: “We been working with the people of Hastings and surrounding areas for more than 25 years.

“This grant means we can continue to help some of most disadvantaged people in our community to get and keep a job.”

Tomorrow’s People is a national employment charity which has operated in Hastings since 1984.