Platform Housing Group’s £1.4million Wellbeing Fund will be available from 1 April this year.
The aim of the fund - which was originally launched in 2020 – is to provide fast and flexible support to customers during challenging times; the fund can help cover the cost of food, essential items such as school uniforms, energy and utility costs as well as helping to bridge the gap between a benefit application and the first payment.
The fund also offers support packages for the following:
Employment and training – this includes help with training or accreditation costs or sponsorship for tuition or a course. It can also cover help with travel costs or workwear for a new job. Online career coaching is also available through the tech social enterprise expert, Stay Nimble;
Household furniture – this includes white goods and flooring for those who have moved home or need help replacing fridges or washing machines;
Digital inclusion – the fund can also help with costs for broadband, devices and a host of other digital needs.
Health and wellbeing – to increase physical and mental health and wellbeing, the fund can be used to join classes, activities and groups.
Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive at Platform Housing Group said: “We plan to balance the impact of the increase on customers that need help by boosting our Platform Wellbeing Fund to the tune of £1.4million for 2021/22. Established in 2020, the fund has already provided more than £173,000 of immediate and practical help in the form of payments to cover fuel and water costs, benefits delays and other essentials. We have also supported local foodbanks and Christmas toy and gift appeals across our areas with donations of more than £57,000. The fund is flexible and is designed to recognise that customers have many needs that go beyond the homes we provide, focussing on financial and emotional support that makes a tangible difference, impacting positively on local lives.”
To apply for extra support customers should visit the Wellbeing Fund section of our website.