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Training Fund

Training Fund

If you are a frontline worker or team and have identified some training that will help you in your current work with people experiencing homelessness, but your organisation is not able to fund it, we may be able to help. Individuals can apply for up to £500 to cover the cost of training and groups can apply for up to £1000. 

Please note: The training fund is temporarily closed for applications from 28 July 2022 until Mid October, due to reduced staff capacity. 

The training fund was created in 2019, following feedback from our annual survey to help frontline staff access training to support their work with people experiencing homelessness.

Find out more about how the training fund has supported frontline training in our Training Fund blogs!

Key Info

  • Applications must be received by Frontline Network at least 6 weeks before the course start date. This is to allow enough time for us to process your application.
  • Applications must demonstrate / evidence how the training need has been identified by frontline staff. e.g. through consultations, team meetings, supervisions.
  • Evidence of the full cost of proposed course must be provided, e.g. a link to full details on trainer website, or an email or quote for your organisation’s required training
  • Before applying, please find out if the training can be funded by your employer. If you do not know we will ask you to find out.

Please read our Training Fund Guidelines  before applying.

If you have any questions please contact us at frontline@stmartinscharity.org.uk


Training Fund

Bonny Downs Community Association

Like many of us after eighteen months of working through the pandemic, the staff at Bonny Downs Community Association in London Borough of Newham needed to take a step back. 

Bonny Downs provides a range of services to the community, from a nursery to an over 65's club, a food bank, a new food pantry, advice and advocacy services, space hire and much more besides. As part of this they work on issues of homelessness, poverty and inequality.

The staff team stepped up to respond to a massively increased need for their services during the lockdowns.  For example, in the three months before the first lock down the food bank served 270 families, over the following three months this rose to around 2000 families.

Steve Bynon, Adult Services Director said that it was only when we started to come out of the crisis situation that was Covid lockdowns, that the staff began to slow down and realise the emotional impact that the crisis has had. The team needed to take some time out together to consider what they had achieved and how it had affected them, and to identify what they needed as a team, and as individuals to help build resilience and wellbeing moving forward.

This was where the Frontline Network Training Fund was able to help. Steve applied for funding so that his team could attend a bespoke workshop session on Building a Culture of Resilience and Working Better Together.

You can hear more about this from Steve in the video.

If you have identified some training that will help you in your current role but your organisation is not able to fund it, we may be able to help. Through our Training Fund, individuals can apply for up to £500 and groups can apply for up to £1000 - find out more!               

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