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Volunteers at event to support people who are homeless

Published Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Volunteers call to help homeless people back on their feet at city event.

The Salvation Army and other agencies in the city are calling on volunteers to help at an event this weekend to provide a range of support to people who are homeless.

The event at The Salvation Army Corps in Lamb Street on Saturday 13 October is open to people who find it difficult to maintain permanent accommodation.

It will provide health advice courtesy of local doctors and pharmacists. Clothes will also be available for free, and the participants will also be provided with a free meal.

Organiser, Stephen Elton from Hope Spring Church, a leading volunteer group in Coventry, said that the day was aiming to help people who are struggling to get advice and support and feel genuinely valued.  He said: “There are things that we all take for granted, whether that’s getting a haircut; a meal; getting some new clothing – just feeling a sense of belonging.

“Many of the people we come into contact with find it difficult to maintain permanent or even temporary accommodation - as a result the day to day patterns of life are affected. The day will allow them to get a haircut, a meal, and other help.”

To help make the event a success volunteers are needed to give up to eight hours of their time to be part of the welcome team, help serve tables and give out clothes.

Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said that it matters to show that people care. He said: “There are hundreds of people and community groups throughout the city who give up their time to support others. This is an excellent project and the idea is to show that people matter.”

The event is also asking hairdressers and barbers to donate some of their time to make the day even more special.

This is the second event to be held in the city, the first being in March this year.

Along with The Salvation Army there are a number of other supporting agencies able to offer ongoing Homelessness support accommodation.

For comments contact Stephen Elton at eltons19@googlemail.com

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