Norwich homelessness project to come to an end

From left, Derek Player General Manager St Martins Housing Trust Matt Townsend Chief Executive of Th

From left, Derek Player General Manager St Martins Housing Trust Matt Townsend Chief Executive of The Feed Enterprises CIC and Ali Marlow Operations and Training Supervisor LEAP. Photo: LEAP - Credit: LEAP

A Big Lottery-funded project which aimed at reducing homelessness is set to come to an end.

LEAP was founded in 2008 by Barry Allard after Norwich City Council was awarded funding from central government under the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazer initiative.

And after four years of success the scheme was awarded Reaching Communities Big Lottery Funding, enabling the project to expand its team and become part of St Martin's Housing Trust.

In January this funding will stop and LEAP plans to become part of social enterprise The Feed. The Feed also runs a market stall and catering business in Norwich training people who have been homeless to work in food and hospitality. LEAP will sit alongside The Feed's own growing housing, support and training provision.

Between 2011 and 2017 LEAP worked with 730 people in Norwich, 146 people gained accommodation and 211 gained employment.


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