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Nottingham to keep people off the streets and to keep rough sleeping on the agenda

 

Agencies supporting homeless people in Nottingham will meet for the second annual ‘Street to Stability Network’ event this week to discuss the homelessness crisis and what more can be done to help.

Tuesday’s meeting, on 10 October (World Homeless Day), will showcase the work of organisations working directly with homeless people and host an open discussion about entrenched rough sleeping. Questions will be answered by panel representatives from homelessness charities and Nottingham City Council.

In 2016 the first network meeting brought organisations together to heighten awareness of a growing homelessness problem in the city. This year groups return and welcome new agencies to share ideas and solutions around local homelessness and comment on achievements of the Homeless Winter Survival Project which was launched at the inaugural meeting in 2016.

Last year the project helped to provide some of Nottingham’s most vulnerable people with shelter and essential support. This year lead charity partners of the project Framework and Emmanuel House seek to extend existing provision for accommodation to help the rising numbers of people exposed to potentially life-threatening conditions.

Jason Marriot of the Framework Street Outreach Team said: “With rough sleeping figures at record levels across the country the joint-up actions of professional and community organisations, and support from the public is fundamental. I encourage anyone with a vested interest in learning practical ways in which they can help homeless people in Nottingham to be there.”

The event will bring together members of community groups, faith groups, businesses, local authorities, the NHS and emergency services, who will be invited to their experiences of working with rough sleepers. Attendees explore best practice, and to ask what more can be done. They will all be asked to join or stay involved in the Street to Stability Network.

Concerned members of the public are welcome to attend the event and meet guests and people who make up the street to stability network. Guests can register at www.wintersurvivalproject.eventbrite.co.uk The meeting is at St Nicholas’ Church, Maid Marian Way, NG1 6AE on Tuesday October 10th from 12-2pm. Lunch is kindly provided by Reds True Barbecue.

People in Nottingham City can also assist by reporting rough sleepers who need help on Framework’s 24-7 homelessness hotline on 0800 066 5356.

Donations can be made to the Winter Homeless Survival Project at:http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HWSP or cheques can be made directly to ‘Framework’ and sent to 25 Gregory Boulevard Nottingham NG7 6NX or to ‘Emmmanuel House’ and sent to 53-61 Goose Gate, Nottingham NG1 1FE. Please mark cheques with HWSP on the reverse.

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