Durham housing charity awarded grant

The SHAID charity in Durham has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to support its work providing housing advice and support services to young people trying to live independently.

Kevin Howe, SHAID’s manager, received a cheque from Suzanne Frew, Trustee of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, and Iain Coupar from MAXIMUS who nominated the charity for the award. The charity is to use the award to fund ongoing services to provide housing and financial advice to vulnerable people within the local community, and to reduce social isolation amongst the male population in an area with the highest male suicide rate in the UK.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups.  In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “SHAID is working with some very vulnerable people, and giving them the tools to improve their quality of life and to live independently. The value of their work, and the commitment of their volunteers is exemplary. We’re delighted to support them in vital efforts to improve people’s life chances.”

Kevin Howe, Manager, SHAID, said: “We’re delighted to receive this grant from MAXIMUS Foundation UK. We receive very positive reports from local residents about how our work is positively impacting the local community. We remain determined to provide housing, financial and mental health advice to people who might otherwise struggle to cope.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS Foundation UK recently published its inaugural annual report, confirming nearly £60,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the past year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including over 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / Chris.Rogers@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk) or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 / Mayar.Raouf@whitehouseconsulting.co.uk).