Falcon Support Services, is today 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, nor appointments it truly is an open door to help in anyway and an opportunity to create a better everyday life.

 

Falcon Support Services are currently marking their 20 Year Anniversary with 86 members of staff and an expanding team of volunteers, which we 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 new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see services expanded across the county. This means 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.”

 

To find out more about Falcon Support Services and how you can support them please visit www.falconsupportservices.org.uk