WORLD HOMELESS DAY 2018
Supporting Homeless people
North Wales Housing leads the way in the provision of support for homeless people across the area.
With winter upon us the Outreach and Resettlement Team at North Wales Housing is getting ready and making an urgent appeal for donations of warm clothing, sleeping bags and tents for the street homeless in the area.
The winter of 2017/2018 was particularly harsh with several severe cold snaps and freezing conditions. Cold temperatures can be tough for many of us – mainly causing disruption to our day to day arrangements. But for homeless people it means that the difficulties they face from day to day get even harder with the struggle to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures.
Lorna Hughes, is the NWH’s Outreach and Resettlement manager, she describes their work from day to day: “A lot of work goes on behind the scenes, and many won’t realise how much we do to support street homeless people in Gwynedd. We offer every rough sleeper support be that in the form of clothing and shelters donated by the public and local businesses, or hot meals from our gate service at St Mary’s Hostel in Bangor. Our Outreach Team does vital street work with rough sleepers in Bangor, unfortunately not everyone will accept our support – but it’s important that they know we are there to help if they want it.”
Over last winter’s colder months NWH and Gwynedd Council officers played an important role in securing hostel or bed and breakfast accommodation for homeless people in the area – which meant that many who would have normally been sleeping outside had a roof over their heads.
An important factor which ensures NWH can continue to provide help is the donations received from the public and local businesses. Resources are tight and without the warm clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and food donated, Lorna explains that their job would be so much harder.
To donate please contact North Wales Housing on 01492 572727. You can also take any donation to the Bangor Office at 30 Dean Street, Bangor, LL57 1UR or to the Llandudno Junction office which is at Plas Blodwel, Broad Street, LL31 9HL.