More than 1,600 school pupils have benefited from our Homelessness Prevention and Realities of Independent Living project, which has educated them on how to live alone and avoid homelessness.

The project, which was previously only taught at schools in North Staffordshire, is now being rolled out nationally, after securing additional funding. We’re over the moon to have helped such a large number of pupils to find out more about employment and benefits and understand the dangers of homelessness.

The successful programme will now benefit from a £15,000 donation from the TDS Charitable Foundation, which aims to educate people about their housing rights. The donation is crucial at a time where school funding is extremely tight.

Sarah Forshaw, Operations Manager for Housing and Complex Needs at Arch said: “Funding, like this from TDS, makes a huge impact and helps us to prevent homelessness. We’ve since been commissioned to continue our work across Stafford Borough Council as well as with National Citizens Service, making sure we reach as many young people as possible.”

Prof. Martin Partington CBE QC, Chairman of the TDS Charitable Foundation, said: “Programmes like this one from Arch are vital in ensuring young people are educated about the dangers of homelessness. Education is key and this is one example of that happening.”

To find out more information about our education programmes, please visit: www.archnorthstaffs.org.uk/housing-support/schools-programme/