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Charity in call to aid the homeless
A CHARITY which supports Swindon’s homeless is looking for people to brave a night on the streets while raising money for the worthy cause.
Threshold Housing Link is preparing for its annual Sleepout on Friday, December 6 from 10pm, to help tackle homelessness in the town.
As well as asking individuals to join them in the car park of the Immanuel United Reform Church in Upham Road, they would also like churches, community organisations, schools, colleges and businesses to nominate at least one person to represent their organisation and participate in this year’s event to emphasise the message that homelessness must be tackled together.
Threshold CEO Cher Sawyer-Smith said: “Each month Threshold’s Street Outreach Team work with about 60 people, assisting them to access healthcare, obtain appropriate benefits and secure emergency accommodation. “Our direct access hostel, Culvery Court, accommodated 235 homeless men last year and achieved positive resettlement outcomes of 35 per cent. “Even so, we still had to turn people away on 417 occasions due to no beds being available, offering them just a blanket for the night.
“Despite last year’s excellent performance Threshold is always looking to the future in an effort to keep the services going and build on the work being achieved and this requires funding. “Fundraising provides a vital part of Threshold’s income as it enables us to continue essential work that does not attract statutory funding.”
To take part call 01793 524661, email email@example.com or visit www.thl.org.uk Ddonate to the charity at the offices in John Street.
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