The Basement Project is a small charity providing support to homeless and potentially homeless young people aged 16 to 25 in North Worcestershire.

Bright Ideas started working with the Basement 6 years ago, securing the funding needed to continue their Drop-In Service from the National Community Lottery Fund.

At the end of grant, Bright Ideas undertook the external evaluation of this service, which showed the impact – both financial and social – the project had.

This evaluation was fundamental in the charity securing a new 3-year grant from the Lottery. Overall, Bright Ideas have secured over £1.1million for the Basement Project, including grants from Henry Smith Charity, Garfield Weston Foundation, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Comic Relief.

In the first 3 months of the new Lottery grant, using part of the development funding offered through Reaching Communities, we undertook an organisational review, which identified ways in which the charity could further strengthen its services, processes and fundraising.

Where would we be without Bright Ideas…in my opinion we were six months away from closing down. That was six years ago.

David Morgan, Trustee, The Basement Project