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Posted on August 5th 2015 by admin-movingin

DPS chalks up over £100,000 in donations to charities

The Deposit Protection Service has now donated more than £100,000 to charities following awards to organisations in Bristol, Colchester and Sheffield.

The UK’s largest provider of deposit protection established a fund last year to help charities that support the homeless and those who need help to live independently.

Daren King, head of Tenancy Deposit Protection at The DPS, said: “The DPS has now given £100,000 in donations to charities over the course of 15 months.

“StopGap Sheffield, Cintre Community in Bristol and Colchester Emergency Night Shelter are the most recent recipients – they provide vital services and we’re very pleased to be able to help fund the support they provide to those who need it.”

StopGap Sheffield covers the costs of short-term accommodation for homeless people in Sheffield. It will use a £5,000 award to provide food and shelter as well as to help more people escape violence.

Cintre Community offers services to vulnerable people in residential and community settings.

A £5,000 award from The DPS will provide funds for CINTRE Reachout in the south-west – a service which helps people with a range of learning difficulties to live independently in their own homes.

Colchester Emergency Night Shelter (CENS) supports homeless adults in a range of ways, from CV writing to providing emergency accommodation.

With a £10,000 award from The DPS, CENS will help people through their first year of a new tenancy by guaranteeing rent, providing a conciliation service and supporting the tenant to become an active member of the community.

Charities focused on the housing sector can apply for funds via The DPS website at

Applications for the next round of awards must be submitted by September 30.