Harbour Place (HP) opened in December 1996. The organisation is a registered charity (charity no. 1068647) and company limited by guarantee (company no. 3396688).
Clients who use the facility are primarily from the East and West Marsh wards of Grimsby. The East Marsh is ranked in the top 1% of most deprived wards in the country with a Super Output area ranking of 64. 25% of the resident population lives in neighborhoods ranked amongst the top 10% most deprived wards in the country (source National Statistics).
A key part of the project’s activities include, supporting and advocating on behalf of clients through signposting, referral and access to a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector agencies. A recent survey of new clients to HP identified 175 as being homeless or in temporary accommodation.
The project beneficiaries are the homeless and other vulnerable groups. The definition of ‘homeless’ is wide and varied and may represent people who live in hostels or in temporary supported housing accommodation. ‘Street homeless’ is used to refer to rough sleepers and others who may have somewhere to sleep at night (e.g. a friend’s house, hostel where they cannot stay throughout the day, or night shelter) but do not have anywhere to go during the day. Rough sleepers are a sub-set of the street homeless population. As with ‘homeless,’ vulnerability covers a wide spectrum of people, those who come into HP are the homeless, those with mental health, dual diagnosis issues, self harmers, the lonely the elderly, many of the people on low incomes and state benefits. From HP’s perspective the vast majority of its clients are vulnerable in one way or another.
The centre has received National Lottery funding since 2003 based upon delivering specific outcomes. Further, supporting the centres excellent reputation of delivering outcomes for the last six years was the five year funding from the BIG Lottery which covers nearly 50% of the centres overheads (January 2009 to December 2013). A key requirement for the Lottery panel was that the centre had to clearly demonstrate its ability to continue delivering smart outcomes relating to client employability skills, in depth housing advice and support, health and wellbeing together with supporting volunteering that will improve life skills and employment opportunities. The centre has been highly commended for its outcome based success over many years by the lottery.
HP has a team of 7 staff supported by 8 trustees and up to 18 volunteers. The decision making process is straightforward due to the nature and size of the management and staff team. The strategic management of the project is managed on a day-to-day basis by the Project Director who consults on a regular basis with the Board of Trustees. Monitoring of outcomes for the project is carried by the Project Co-ordinators on a daily basis and recorded in line with HP procedures.
49 Freeman Street is Harbour Place’s training and administration building. It is used to develop training to help people find volunteering and employment opportunities. Like the centre, this will primarily focus on the East and West Marsh. It includes an art group and a job club and will run alongside the Harbour Place.
The community is very generous and often donates bric a brac to the centre, 49 Freeman street is then used to house a temporary shop in order to utilise fully our donations and to raise much needed funds for the centre.
On 3rd July we opened our doors overnight for the first time to rough sleepers in what we hope will become an essential part of our service. Our team work with over 30 rough sleepers on a regular basis, many sleeping under the stars on in dangerous squats. We wanted to try to give that crisis intervention, be able to get people off the streets for three nights a week initially but hopefully increasing to seven days a week after our pilot period. Nationally the rough sleeper numbers have increased by over 200% and in North Lincolnshire we are no different. Since March 2017 we have worked with in excess of 90 individual rough sleepers and have managed to accommodate 69. Since the start of the night shelter we have supported 16 individuals. Out of the 16, we have managed to accommodate 6 of them. We feel that this will continue if we are able to give that intensive support not only during the day but through the night.
How we're funded
Harbour Place is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £477,949 from the Big Lottery Fund. The centre will help at least 800 of the most vulnerable, socially excluded individuals to help improve their quality of life. It is one of nine projects across Yorkshire and the Humber today sharing £2.8 million in Lottery good cause funding.
Harbour Place will use the funding to provide advice and advocacy on issues such as education, employment and health, as well as other facilities such as showers, healthy meals and clothing provision.
As part of The Harbour Place Health Well-Being and Worklessness Project our service users will be able to access computers to help them find employment and educational courses. Volunteering opportunities offer an exciting chance gain experience and knowledge working with this client group that is vital if you wish to work in this field, it will also help build confidence and life skills which can be taken into all aspects of life. Health trainers also visit the centre to support those beneficiaries who are struggling with drug misuse issues.
Allen Young, our Project Director said: “Homelessness is a perpetual cycle that is a result of many other social and economic factors such as relationship breakdown, social isolation, poor skills, substance misuse and offending. This project is able to break the cycle of homelessness by offering alternative positive activities and pathways for individuals to fundamentally change their lives’.
Allison Rowe, Big Lottery Fund’s Spokesperson; ‘Our grant to Harbour Place will go a long way to help the thousands of people whose lives are impacted by several issues in their lives and need respite from their problems. Our Reaching Communities programme helps people and communities most in need so we are pleased to award funding to these projects across Yorkshire and the Humber. ‘
Today’s award comes from the Fund’s Reaching Communities programme and will run over a 4 year period.
This grant will allow Harbour Place to expand its services to reach even more beneficiaries. To read the full story please click on the link below which will take you to the Big Lotteries website for more information
Harbour Place relies on donations of money and food and clothing from the public and community organisations, we are extremely grateful for the support we receive from our local community. If you are interested in supporting Harbour Place through a donation, contact the daycentre at 01472 344118.
Unfortunately we are unable to accept pillows and quilts due to storage issues, however, we can still accept good quality, clean, sleeping bags.