National Lottery to help fund UK Government’s ‘Changing Futures’ programme

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National Lottery to help fund UK Government’s ‘Changing Futures’ programme

The National Lottery Community Fund will invest around £18m ($25m) to the UK Government’s ‘Changing Futures’ programme.

This additional funding will take the programme’s total to £64m and will also extend the length of the project to three years.

The programme is designed to help adults facing issues like homelessness, drug, and domestic abuse and invites local organisations to partner with disadvantaged individuals.

It was announced last year and encourages local authorities to integrate local services, to focus on each person and reduce the demand on reactive services.

The Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Eddie Hughes, said: “With thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund, the nearly £64m Changing Futures scheme can now expand the support available and enable more vulnerable people in our communities to get the help they need.

“It is important for the most vulnerable in our society to have access to a range of support from different services.”

Interim CEO at The National Lottery Community Fund, John Rose, adds: “We are delighted to be supporting the Changing Futures programme through an additional investment of £17.9 million.

“Through our Fulfilling Lives programme in England, we have seen people who have lived experience come together in partnerships with communities to develop new approaches which can better support adults facing multiple disadvantage.”

This latest investment builds on the National Lottery’s ‘Fulfilling Lives’ programme. Over the course of eight years, the lottery has invested £112m to support vulnerable people.

The National Lottery also raised £30m every week for UK good causes and has distributed £41bn across the UK since 1994.

The National Lottery licence is up for grabs from 2023, with the likes of Sazka Group challenging current licensee Camelot Group.