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26th Sep, 2021

Increasing efforts to help the homeless

Rob George 9th Jul, 2021

A MAJOR new bid to transform the lives of young people and prevent homelessness in Evesham had been boosted with the launch of a new scheme.

Caring for Communities and People (CCP) is a charity which helps young people, families and vulnerable adults by preventing homelessness, strengthening families and promoting independence.

After setting up a successful venture in Cheltenham, CCP head Lisa Raybould has now turned her attention to their base in Evesham.

The charity is a supporter of the No Second Night Out protocol, meaning a newly homeless person’s first night on the streets should be their last.

“No Second Night Out in Evesham will provide a safe and secure room to live in while our excellent, well trained staff will help secure a place to call home and support with the residents with any needs they may have,” Ms Raybould said.

“At CCP we believe everyone has the power to change their lives for the better but some may need help to do so.”

The charity was handed a huge boost with a donation of a food package from Tesco on Worcester Road as it seeks to become part of the community.

Lindsay Roach, Tesco Community Champion was on hand to present the donation and Ms Raybould thanked all those who had lent their support in getting the lifeline open.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the businesses who we are working alongside and making us part of their team. The food package will be vital when our residents come to us hungry and wanting a cup of tea,” she added.

The news comes as Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston welcomed the continuation of the government drive to end rough sleeping.

Building on the success of the ‘Everyone In’ campaign, rough sleepers are to be helped stay off the streets for good through a joined-up approach to treating the underlying causes of rough sleeping.

Councils have also been asked to refresh local plans to end rough sleeping and to agree operational targets for reducing rough sleeping in their area this year.

This comes alongside the £750million committed by the government to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping this year, as part of the commitment to end rough sleeping during this Parliament.

“In the midst of the pandemic, we saw amazing teamwork and cooperation in our communities, and through this, we saw a vast decline in rough sleepers,” he said.

“This is a huge opportunity to learn and address the problem once and for all, and make sure everyone can sleep with a roof over their heads.”

Call 07522222690 to donate to the Evesham CCP project.

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