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Muse and Quartz Project Services donate £10,000 to support young people in need in the West Midlands

Muse, the nationwide placemaker and Quartz Project Services, have donated £10,000 towards youth homelessness charity, St Basils’ community hardship fund. The fund will support young people across the West Midlands in the run up to the festive season and beyond.

The donation forms part of a collective community fund of £25,000, which is also backed by the property industry charity, LandAid.

This heart-warming gesture is part of Muse’s commitment to working in communities to bring about positive change and is off the back of the news that Muse has opened a new regional business in the Midlands and was named as the preferred partner for the once-in-a-generation Arden Cross regeneration. Quartz has been appointed as the project managers supporting Muse on Arden Cross.

St Basil’s supports almost 4,000 young people per year across the West Midlands who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. With the cost-of-living crisis continuing to have an impact, this number has been on the rise with many more requests for urgent help.

The community hardship fund will provide meaningful aid to young people at risk of rough sleeping or repeated homelessness. It will be available to people aged 16-25 across the region, not just connected to St Basil’s, but also those applying through other Birmingham Commissioned Pathway Providers.

Young people can apply for support grants to help with the purchase of essential supplies, clothing, furnishings, travel, entertainment, or means of staying connected with others. The grant can also contribute towards energy bills.

Muse has already donated 40 laptops to St Basil’s, through its partnership with LandAid and Computers4Charity, to help young people access online support.

Maggie Grogan, development director at Muse, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting St Basil’s with other partners to create the community hardship fund this winter. We recognise both the vital work the charity does within the West Midlands region, and the unprecedented difficulties facing young people today.

“Year-on-year, St Basil’s and other providers have a significant impact on so many young lives. With a new Muse team now based in the West Midlands, we want to back strong community collaboration and support the efforts of all those helping to end homelessness in the region and help to build brighter futures, together.

“With a long-term investment plan for the West Midlands, we’ve been clear that we want to play a leading role in the economic, cultural, and social life of the region. This reflects the start of that commitment, helping create opportunities for everyone across the region.”

Speaking about Muse’s contribution, Jean Templeton, CEO of St Basil’s, said: “We are hugely grateful to Muse for supporting this hardship fund. We have consulted with our young people about the challenges they face with increased costs and very low incomes, and they have told us very clearly the link between their inability to eat well, their inability to pay for heating and warm clothes and the impact that has on their physical and mental health. This support will not only help them materially but will show them how much so many of you care about their well-being. Being cared about is a fundamental human need. Thank you from all of us to all of you!”

Paul Morrish, CEO at LandAid, said: “We are so thrilled to continue our brilliant relationship with Muse and to collectively support St Basil’s in being there for the young people who are experiencing homelessness across the Midlands.

“We know that 122,000 young people approached their local council for housing support last year alone. Sadly, many of these were left unsupported and therefore often fall upon the vital care that charities provide in local communities across the UK, like St Basil’s. In such unprecedented times this support is more valuable than ever. With donations like this, LandAid can continue to support young people in building stable futures and enabling them to have a place to call home.”