A number of community housing projects and charities are celebrating after successfully securing funding from Nationwide Building Society's Community Grant Fund. Nationwide are supporting Scottish charities tackling the many issues associated with housing, making a total of £500,000 available to causes committed to making a difference across Scotland. One of the projects benefiting from a grant of £43,242 is Open Door Accommodation Project, based in Craigshill, Livingston. Open Door has been working with homeless and vulnerable young people in West Lothian for over 30 years. They offer supported accommodation where young people can stay while they look for alternative suitable accommodation.
Avril Mooney, Service Manager for Open Door Accommodation Project commented -
"We would like to thank Nationwide for their generous grant. The money will allow ODAP the opportunity to provide a Health & Wellbeing Officer who will provide tailored support to a range of vulnerable young people who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness. The aim of the project is to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of the young people alongside a range of health and wellbeing group activities and one to one holistic support.
Angela Constance MSP has lodged a Motion of congratulations in Holyrood in recognition of the funding awarded to the charity in her Almond Valley constituency.
Motion as follows -
That the Parliament congratulates the Open Door Accommodation Project (ODAP) in Craigshill on receiving £43,242 from the Nationwide Building Society Community Grant Fund; understands that ODAP has been working with homeless and vulnerable young people in West Lothian for over 30 years; recognises that the money will allow ODAP the opportunity to employ a health and wellbeing officer to provide tailored support to a range of vulnerable young people who are homeless or have experienced homelessness, and wishes the project the best of luck in the future.
Unit 4, Ochil House, Beveridge Square, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6QF