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Tuesday 20th January 2015

Youth Hardship Fund Report | January 2015

What did the Youth Hardship Fund achieve in December 2014?

- It provided 21 grants to young vulnerable people in Plymouth

- £310.90 were awarded in small grants to these 21 people

- Smallest amount awarded was £3.70 and the largest £51.20

- 66% of the grant recipients were female with 38% of the grant recipient being of no fixed abode.

New Initiative

The Zone have introduced a new project known as the box scheme. This provides the young person with some essential when living on their own. This month saw 2 boxes go out costing only £45. This brings the months total spent to £355.90.

Who has been funded and what for?

All people remain anonymous however here are a few examples of the people our partners the Zone have helped in December 2014:

1. 23 year old female had no gas or electric and was awarded £15 to keep herself and her two children warm for 2 days until her next payment.

2. 18 year old male who was just setting up his ESA but had not received a payment through this process was awarded £4 in order to purchase lunch from Shekinah.

3. 25 year old male had his wallet stolen and needed to purchase a new birth certificate in order to begin application for housing assistance. He was awarded £10 and this will help him avoid sleeping rough which he has been doing for the last 3 months.

4. 17 Year old female was still awaiting payments from Social Services but due to a payment error and not received anything. The Zone awarded her £10 so that she could purchase food for a week while waiting for the issue to resolve.

5. 19 year old female had not eaten for 5 days and would not receive any payment until a few days later. Female will be awarded £10 for food and will come back to the Zone to meet with advisers to help here in the future.