As a registered charity we are obliged, under recent changes to the Charities Act 2006, to provide information within our annual report detailing the benefits that we provide to the public through our charitable activities. This is called ‘Public Benefit’.
Public Benefit Summary April 2010 to March 2011
During the year the Charity has provided benefit to the public in a number of ways primarily through the provision of activities and services at the Lighthouse Project drop-in community centre which is open 5 days a week, all of our events, meetings, activities and services are available for the benefit of the public.
Some of the specific public benefit we have provided during the year includes:
- A safe place to people to visit, and meet with others and access opportunities.
- Free access to basic computer skills and training opportunities, in order to develop skills, abilities and gain qualifications.
- Opportunities to ‘belong’, to volunteer, and to participate in activities.
- A children’s activity space and to provide activities to support families and family life.
- Improved access to health, wellbeing and mental health resources.
- Money management and budgeting skills and resources.
Groups and individuals, who benefit from these activities and services, include;
- Members of the general public
- People who are unemployed
- Socially isolated / excluded / lonely
- Sufferers from depression / anxiety / mental health
- Young people
- Families and children
- Lone parents
- People experiencing addictions
- Foreign nationals / refugees