News WLM Seymour Place wins bid to help locals with housing project Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, has been looking to support charities dealing with the many issues around housing in the London area, and made £500,000 available to help make a difference across communities across the region. Now the names of those charities that have secured the grants they applied for have been announced – and WLM has been confirmed as one of those that has been successful. WLM Seymour Place project will support at least 250 of the most vulnerable homeless people back into accommodation – thereby improving their physical and mental health, increasing their life expectancy by over thirty years and reducing the likelihood of their being victims of crime. Nationwide invited applications for grants of up to £50,000 for housing projects that have the potential to strengthen communities and help make a difference in local areas, ranging from innovative new housing, improving conditions, to supporting the most vulnerable. Applications were accepted from across the London area. Simon Gooding, Nationwide’s Regional Director for London, said: “We know that there are many people who have been homeless or have experienced family or close friends without a home of their own, so it’s imperative that we do something about this. “Helping people into homes of their own is at the heart of what we do as a building society, which is why we’re making funding available for local housing projects. In fact, we’re making £22 million available for the next over five years across the UK to do just this and ensure everyone has a place fit to call home.” A Community Board of Nationwide members, employees and local housing experts was appointed to have a say on which local community projects were supported.