A North East housing provider’s city farm has secured funding to teach essential life skills to vulnerable people in the region.
The Nosh project will be delivered by Ouseburn Farm in partnership with parent company, Tyne Housing Group (THG), after securing funding from NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities Fund.
The scheme will seek to help up to 50 people with what is said to be a unique programme. Getting underway in the new year, it is aimed at socially and financially excluded people, especially those facing homelessness.
Participants will receive one-to-one support, advice and guidance. Sessions held at home and at the farm and community café will teach them budgeting and financial management skills, along with life-skills such as planning, preparing and enjoying meals together.
They will each have the option to stay with the charity afterwards to gain further skills in volunteering, training or work experience either at the farm, its café or carpentry workshop.
Ouseburn Farm secured over £10,000 towards the project and is one of only three organisations from the North East to benefit from the NatWest funding. With the help of a public vote, the regional boards from each area carefully selected the winners of each round.
The fund was set up to support organisations and projects that enable people in disadvantaged communities to develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to develop now and in the future. Now in its last year, NatWest has provided over £7 million of funding to 311 organisations across England and Wales.
“This is fantastic news and we are really grateful to everyone who voted for us,” said Sally Adams from Ouseburn Farm. “Securing this funding means so much and enables us to deliver this really important project. The Nosh project will have a long-lasting social and financial impact on those who engage and participate, which we hope will help them to turn their lives around.”
Main Image: Planning and preparing meals will be just one of the essential life-skills vulnerable people across the North East will learn at Ouseburn Farm.