People First Project Wins National Lottery Funding

12th June 2019

We are delighted to announce that our latest project in our continuing efforts to End Homelessness in Scotland is being launched today. People First is aimed at providing additional support for people experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh, and has been made possible by support from the National Lottery Community Fund.

People First will be created by Ypeople in partnership with our good friends at Four Square and GHN.  As a group we have been awarded £498,332 by the National Lottery Community Fund (formerly known as the Big Lottery Fund). This funding will be used to help people facing the wide variety of challenges that accompany homelessness.

Our CEO Joe Connolly said of the project: “Having worked for many years with and for people going through tough times, Ypeople recognise that if traditional services were able to eradicate homelessness we would have done it by now. Homelessness is a life transition, but for some it can feel like a life-long condition.”

“It is time for a new approach for Scotland, one that breaks down the silos and existing homelessness systems, and supports the sector to hold itself to a different set of rules and standards, with people and communities at its heart.”

“Inspired by the Mayday Trust’s work in England, People First will work across Edinburgh to focus on improving connections between the different agencies working in the sector. We want to undo the exclusion that has been the unintended consequence of siloed services and support people to build on their strengths and their social networks.

We have been encouraged by the National Lottery Community Fund’s approach to this funding.

People with lived experience of homelessness have been central to the design of the programme, and will continue to be central to the delivery of the projects.

We hope that this sets the tempo for a new approach to systems across the sector.”

We will pilot the People First project at our Edinburgh-based Your Home service as this project has a wide reach across the city, and therefore will enable us to reach as many people as we can who are in need of our support.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:

“I am delighted that the People First project has been successful in securing a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. The award will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish People First every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”

Thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland for seeing the potential the People First has to change the lives of those experiencing homelessness in Edinburgh.

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