Allchurches Trust provide funding for Lyndhurst Road
Worthing Churches Homeless Project (Turning Tides) were very grateful to Allchurches Trust for providing £4,000 towards the development of our new service in Lyndhurst Road. The Trust supports churches, charities and communities with projects that help individuals achieve their full potential. Never more so is this true of our innovative project at Lyndhurst Road.
A property gifted to Turning Tides for 5 years by Roffey Homes which offers homes to 40 men and women in Worthing who have previously been homeless. Lyndhurst Road was an immense undertaking for Turning Tides. Roffey Homes undertook all set up work at cost, however the funds still needed to be found by Turning Tides; we also needed to recruit a complete staff team and volunteers to offer round the clock support.
The social need for housing in Worthing is very apparent to Turning Tides, who regularly see an increasing number of people come to St Clare’s Community Hub looking for support and emergency accommodation. In November, the latest rough sleeper count for Worthing was 35 people – a massive 46% increase. It has to be remembered this is just the rough sleepers, this does not include other homeless men and women who may live in cars, squats and other unsuitable accommodation.
The Lyndhurst Road project demonstrates what a community working together can achieve. The council, Change Grow Live, police, local mental health services and other agencies are all working closely together with Turning Tides staff and volunteers to provide wraparound support for the residents there. We are already seeing the positive outcomes from those entering the project. One resident said the project had helped them get through tough times and they are now positive and motivated towards their future.
The funding provided by Allchurches Trust, alongside the overwhelming support and commitment from volunteers, local businesses, Roffey Homes and Adur and Worthing Council has helped to establish a home for vulnerable people who were desperately in need of emergency housing.