St Mary-le-Bow

The Ashfords Foundation has awarded a significant grant to the London based homeless charity, St Mary-le-Bow Young Homeless Project.

Established in 1990, St Mary-le-Bow Young Homeless Project is an independent charitable trust that accommodates young homeless people and ex-offenders in safe flats in London, allowing them time to recover and providing them with help in securing a job and moving to stable independence without relying on the State.

The grant of £12,000 over three years from the Foundation’s Preserving Communities programme will help fund the salary costs of one of the two members of staff, responsible for teaching the charity’s clients how to prepare for job applications and interviews.

Director of St Mary-le-Bow Young Homeless Project, Michael Kenny, said: “This grant from the Ashfords Foundation has the great benefit of helping this small City of London charity for three years, thus letting us concentrate on the work we do. We are only two staff, and we will use this generous grant for my colleague, who teaches the young homeless people and young ex-offenders everything they need to know, from budgeting to being given practice interviews for a job.”

The Ashfords Foundation has been established with very clearly defined objectives to support smaller charities and community organisations through two grant programmes: Supporting Communities and Preserving Communities. The first offers one off grants of up to £750, while the second supports established charities and not-for-profit organisations develop a solid foundation for the future, helping them build sustainability for the long term with grants of up to £5k. In each case, the project for which funding is sought should be local to one of Ashfords’ offices in Exeter, Bristol, London, Plymouth, Tiverton and Taunton. Further details are on the Foundation’s website:

Chair of Trustees, John Toth, said: “We wanted to see how we might make a real difference in the communities in which the partners and employees of Ashfords live and work. As a result we set up the Ashfords Foundation last year. This has not only allowed us to bring together all of Ashfords' charitable giving but it has also helped build a sense of common purpose among our people. I am delighted that we have been able to support St Mary- le-Bow Young Homeless with this grant. ”