Following cuts by Blackpool Council, a charity has been left fighting for funding in order to stay afloat. Focused on helping local homeless youngsters, Streetlife is now facing a £10,000 black hole, and is desperately seeking help from the public as they attempt to make ends meet. If these targets are not met, it could have a potentially catastrophic affect on the wider community, as well as the people they serve.
The charity has been a central point of support for homeless people under 26 in the Blackpool area since its foundation in 1992. Running two separate locations – one called The Base on Buchanan Street, the other named The Shelter next to St. John’s Church – the organisation has been offering assistance to get some of the most vulnerable members of society back on their feet in a number of ways. Streetlife run life skills lessons, provide emergency shelter and offer assistance on substance abuse for anyone affected – but it seems that these services are now under risk.
Charity hampered by Council Cuts
Run by a select group of specialist workers and around 30 volunteer staff, Streetlife may have to close their doors if this urgent appeal for donations does not work out. Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, chief executive Jane Hugo suggested that the shortfall could be reached through a mere 2,000 people setting up a direct debit of £5 a month.
Blackpool Council themselves have acknowledged the enormous contribution Streetlife have made to the young people of the city, but appear to have had these changes forced upon them thanks to mandatory budgetary cuts, with £55 million to be reduced from their expenditure.
Along with funding, Streetlife are constantly on the look-out for people to offer food, clothes and their own time to help out the youngsters that the charity works with. You can get in touch with them through their website if you are able to provide any of the above here: http://www.wearestreetlife.org/get-help/
Monetary donations can be made through their JustGiving page, or by filling out a donations form here: http://www.wearestreetlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Donation-Form.pdf