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Project information

Assisted Rent Deposit Scheme

We are an established support service that meets the needs of the most vulnerable in the Weymouth and Portland area. Outside of the Council we are one of the few organisations that actually funds people into accommodation. We have close relationships with a number of local landlords.

March 2018 - December 2028

Charity information: The Lantern Trust Weymouth

The Lantern Trust Weymouth logo
  • Need


    One of the biggest barriers that affect our client group is affordable, sustainable accommodation. due to the Lantern being established for over 30 years we have built up a number of close working relationships with local landlords who are sympathetic to our client group. The Lantern itself has an established working partnership with all local statutory and non-statutory agencies. We are looking to provide long term, sustainable accommodation.


    We are looking to raise enough funds to actually fund people into accommodation. We already have an established support service and project and already have links with a number of local landlords who are sympathetic to our client group. The only remaining barrier is the funds needed to pay the landlords for the accommodation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce Homelessness


    » Fund people into sustainable accommodation.
    » Support people ongoing where needed.

    What success will look like

    We already have an established data base which records our outcomes as part of an existing support service.

  • Impact


    We will reduce the number of people sleeping rough and provide sustainable, long term accommodation. Our client group present with very complex needs (5 on average) so our support will reduce the need for crisis interventions at a later date.


    The risks are that we will not have enough money to provide funding for the increased demands being placed on our service.

    We will continue to exhaust all funding avenues including the local housing's funding pots.


    Via our established date base and via a quarterly update.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 deposit Averaging £500 per person we would be able to house 60 additional people.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Deposit Protection Service £10,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The location of the Lantern Trust is situated in the electoral ward of Melcombe Regis which is ranked in the top 5% of most deprived wards on the index of social deprivation. The Lantern is situated in the centre of the community and acts as a community hub.


    The Lanterns client group have been acknowledged as the most complex. On average they present with 5 complex needs including:- criminality, addiction, serious enduring mental health issues and homelessness. We on average see 350 new referrals into the project each year and this is not including people already known to us.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Lantern has been long established in our community and has built up lasting working and funding relationships with all statutory and non statutory agencies. We offer a range of drop ins through our service which helps us meet the growing pressures being place on our service. We have built up relationships with local landlords who are sympathetic to our client group and already have a support service in place.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mike Graham

    Lantern Trust CEO

    Ray McMurray

    Coffee Bar Supervisor

    Jo Hurst

    Lantern Trust Project Development Manager/Housing Manager

    Kelly Fernley

    Housing Advise Working


Will pay for a deposit on private rented accommodation for one of our customers.