Support for vulnerable homeless people in North Nottinghamshire
Lighthouse Homes, a Rotherham based Charity, are expanding their support for vulnerable homeless people in to North Nottinghamshire with investment support from the Key Fund.
Established in 2002, Lighthouse Homes have a strong track record of providing both temporary and long term accommodation, as well as a wide range of support services to homeless people, to enable them to stabilise their lives. They initially started as a project of ‘Churches Together in Rotherham’, but really started to grow when they took over a disused pub, the ‘White Swan’ and converted it in to sheltered accommodation – it is now known as the ‘Lighthouse’ and continues to provide a safe refuge for homeless people to this day.
working in partnership
Unfortunately, the demand for their services continues to grow and so they have recently joined forces with Green Pastures, another Charity housing provider, to expand their provision, which has led to them securing another ex-pub, this time in North Nottinghamshire. The ‘Great Northern Hotel’ in Shirebrook has been purchased and refurbished by Green Pastures, but will be managed by Lighthouse Homes and will provide accommodation for up to fifteen people in need.
A £25,000 loan from Key Fund Investments Limited will provide initial working capital to support the new facility in Shirebrook. Andy Croft, Investment Officer at Key Fund said: ‘We are proud to be able to play a role in this expansion of services in to North Nottinghamshire. Lighthouse Homes provide much needed support to vulnerable homeless people, helping them to make positive decisions and move forward with their lives’.
Key Fund have ambitious plans to increase their activity in the Midlands and are looking to talk to ambitious Social Enterprises with plans to grow their trading activity.