Brexit could threaten future of Wisbech Ferry Project for the homeless, MEP Alex Mayer warns

PUBLISHED: 11:20 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:20 10 September 2018

 Alex Mayer MEP with Director Keith Smith talking with a volunteer at the Ferry Project cafe

Alex Mayer MEP with Director Keith Smith talking with a volunteer at the Ferry Project cafe

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A homeless project in Wisbech could be at risk because of Brexit, an MEP warned today.

Alex Mayer MEP with a successful graduate of the horticulture course at the Wisbech Ferry ProjectAlex Mayer MEP with a successful graduate of the horticulture course at the Wisbech Ferry Project

Euro MP Alex Mayer issued the warning after visiting the Ferry Project in the town and meeting with director and founder Kevin Smith.

“Over 140 Fenland people found work last year thanks to support from the Ferry Project but now funding for back to work projects could be at risk due to Brexit,” said Ms Mayer.

“The 20 year success story is the largest provider for homeless-related issues in Fenland,” she said.

Ms Mayer and Mr Smith discussed the European funded Building Better Opportunities scheme.

“Thanks to the £800,000 investment from Community Connections North, funding the Ferry Project, they have run forklift truck driving, horticulture and first aid courses to help people re-skill and prepare for new jobs.,” said the MEP.

She wants the Government to “commit to replace all funds lost due to Brexit and to provide continuity to local charities”.

She said: “European funds have helped local people rebuild their lives and find long-term jobs. The Ferry Project knows what they are doing and has a track record of success.

“The saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s why we need the government to commit to replace lost EU funding like for like, and over the long-term.

“I don’t want to see government funding move from places like Wisbech to the big cities; we deserve our fair share.”

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