Falcon Support Services are celebrating after being awarded £450,688 in National Lottery funding to support those in need. The group, based in Loughborough, will use the cash to replicate the success of the Loughborough Community Drop-in by developing and running new Drop-In services across the county over a three-year period.
Falcon Support Services provides 97-bed spaces in supported accommodation and community projects across Leicestershire. The principles of the Drop-In and the Annex are to be open access, removing all barriers to gaining support. With no waiting lists or appointments, it truly is an open door to help in any way and an opportunity to create a better everyday life.
Falcon Support Services are currently marking their 20 Year Anniversary with over 80 members of staff and an expanding team of volunteers, which are still recruiting.
The charity will run Drop-In sessions at Loughborough, Syston, Coalville, Hinckley, Harborough, Blaby, Melton, Oadby and Wigston in addition to The Annex in Loughborough. Drop In’s will be accompanied by Minnie’s Kitchen providing hot drinks and food to those in need, and will provide vital support around health, welfare, housing, debt, employment and reduce social isolation. These sessions will:
- Alleviate immediate poverties and develop a sense of worth
- Improve self-care, physical, sexual, mental health, and wellbeing
- Improve clients’ skills, education, and opportunities
The funding from The National Lottery Community Fund distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK. This funding means services will be expanded across the county and that we can support more people in need. Providing a safe space of friendship, advice, support, and housing.
Marie Davis, CEO of Falcon Support Services says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to increase our services and reach more people in need. Particularly after a challenging year with the pandemic, this is now more important than ever.”