An insurance broker founded on Christian principles has teamed up with Ecclesiastical Insurance to help a charity battling homelessness on the south coast.
Access Insurance arranged a £6,000 ‘Closer To You’ donation from Ecclesiastical for The Lantern Trust, which helps vulnerable people in Dorset. The money has been used to fund deposits and rent for six individuals who would otherwise be sleeping rough, as part of the Trust’s ongoing effort to eradicate this issue.
Lantern Trust chief executive Mike Graham said, ‘The first step is to get someone a roof over their heads, but it doesn’t stop there – we operate a hub with all the services in one place, so if they have drug and alcohol issues, for instance, we can say, “Go through that door, there’s an specialist who can help”, or they need physical and mental health help we have a GP practice based here on Fridays.
‘But that tenancy, a home to live in, is a vital first step, and we find that something like 75% of people we house can turn their lives around, given the right help and support. So it’s no exaggeration to say that this money from Access Insurance and Ecclesiastical is life-changing stuff, and I really mean that. It’s huge, and we are very grateful to them for it.’
Access Insurance head of marketing James Hill said, ‘As a company, we do a lot of work with organisations in the homelessness sector – from soup kitchens to hostels and drug and alcohol rehab – which can be seen as high-risk, so we work with these organisations to help them arrange the insurance cover they need. We’re passionate about supporting the third sector – by 2025 we plan to be giving away £500,000 a year – and the Lantern Trust does some really great and innovative work on a bit of a shoestring with very vulnerable people, so when the Closer To You opportunity arose we jumped at it.’