A group of Reading’s charities, churches, community organisations and Council commissioned services are once again marking World Homeless Day on Saturday 10th October 2020. This world annual event draws attention to the needs of local homeless people and those providing opportunities for communities to help them.
In the era of Covid-19, those who lack secure housing face even greater challenges. But we, in Reading, are proud to say that many local voluntary sector organisations are working with statutory services to support homeless individuals to overcome these challenges. In 2020 local organisations and agencies have, more than ever, combined there resources to support Reading’s most vulnerable people in a time of crisis the likes of which we have never seen before.
This year would have marked our 4th year raising awareness in Reading, unfortunately, we will be unable to run the usual street exhibition even to raise awareness of local issues and the fantastic work done by our local charities, voluntary groups and statutory commissioned services. Instead of a presence on the streets we are asking local stakeholders to use the day to raise awareness of this important issue online, through websites, social media and virtual events.
CGL (drug and alcohol support services), CIRDIC, Faith Christian Group, Greyfriars Church, Health Outreach Liaison Team (HOLT), St Mungo’s, Launchpad, New Beginning’s, NHS Walk-In, Reading Minster, RBC Homeless and Housing Pathways, Sadaka and the Salvation Army are all involved in helping the homeless of Reading.
The World Homeless Day slogan is ‘locals act locally on a global day.’ By coming together to promote both the need, and the work of those responding to that need, our hope is to increase awareness and strengthen communities in Reading to help homeless people.
We want to make people aware of the challenges in helping the homeless. There is a whole range of reasons why people might find themselves homeless, and depending on their circumstances, they need very different kinds of help. That’s why the initiatives our organisations run are carefully developed in partnership with the Council and local organisations to deliver practical help that makes a real difference.
If people see someone living on the streets they think need help, they can use the StreetLink mobile app to alert local support organisations (www.streetlink.org.uk) or call 0808 800 4444 8am-8pm Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. By doing this, they can help to connect that person to the local services available
To find out more about the activities planned by Reading’s charities and community organisations on World Homeless Day, visit www.whdreading.uk or follow #whdreading on Twitter.
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