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New partnership aims to help children in temporary accommodation

The education of children living in temporary accommodation is set to be improved through a new partnership.
Steven Pettican, CEO of Light Project Peterborough, and Rick Carroll, principal at Thomas Deacon Academy

Light Project Peterborough has teamed up with Cross Keys Home, Longhurst Group, Peterborough City Council and Thomas Deacon Academy 

The partnership will aim to provide a successful model of improvd communication between the council, housing providers and schools across the city so that if accommodation is temporary for families, children’s needs can be better met and education outcomes improved.

Steven Pettican, CEO of Light Project Peterborough, said: “Last winter we worked with Peterborough churches and the wider community to donate 600 Christmas gifts to 300 children who were living in temporary accommodation.

"This highlighted the real need not only for help and support, but for communication and awareness.

"The project has gained good momentum and we are committed to helping vulnerable children and their families.”

Light Project Peterborough’s vision is to enable and equip the church and community to heal the broken-hearted, set free the oppressed and bring good news to the poor.

The charity continues to grow significantly, and it has coordinated several successful projects to offer support for those in need in the city, including the Garden House – the central hub for people sleeping on the streets in Peterborough.

Rick Carroll, principal at the Thomas Deacon Academy, said: “Homelessness is proven to have negative impacts on the outcomes of young people so preventing it from happening has to be the focus of all involved.

"By working with partners to ensure that support and education are provided, the impact will be reduced. This is an excellent project that will dramatically improve the lives of young people across Peterborough.”

Peterborough Council's cabinet member for children’s services Lynne Ayres said: “It is great to see the voluntary sector taking a lead in our Think Communities approach to make our city a better place for children.

"Light Project Peterborough do fantastic work for vulnerable people in the city and this collaboration will allow local organisations to work together to bring awareness, social change and help to those who need it.”

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