The Matthew Project’s Next Steps hub is busier than ever. Every week, we run a bustling programme of activities, support, and events, supporting hundreds of marginalised people every year, including adults in recovery from addiction, young people facing barriers to work, and armed forces veterans.
.Our Next Steps hub is seeing higher demand than ever before, with people facing issues including substance use, mental ill health, social isolation, and barriers to employment. These issues have been compounded by the financial pressures of the cost-of-living crisis. At the same time, we are also seeing our staffing and utilities cost rise, with no associated rise in income and subsequent reduced financial stability for this vital service.
.Funds raised through the Big Give 2023 Christmas Challenge will be used to keep Next Steps operating at its full capacity, covering the core costs of the centre and allowing us to continue supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our community at this difficult time. It will also allow us to continue growing our burgeoning social enterprise programme, based at Next Steps, which combines skills training with traded income schemes.