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Support over Christmas and New Year (Click here)

We are CLOSED from 2pm on Monday 24th December and open again at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 Most of our clients will be at one of the following shelters over Christmas and New Year. They all operate an open door policy and you just have to turn up.…...

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Homeless deaths rise by a quarter in five years, official figures show

Nearly 600 homeless people died on the streets or in temporary accommodation in England and Wales in 2017, up 24% in five years, according to the first government figures on the issue. After a slight drop in 2013, deaths have risen every year since, from 475 in 2014 to 597…...

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Harvest Time

It will soon be harvest time and we are already being asked for our list of things we need. The donations we are given are vital to the running of the Centre throughout the whole of the next year.  Thank you very much for your support. Click on the link to…...

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Homelessness could end in a decade, says charity Crisis

The UK could see an end to homelessness within 10 years if the government embraces certain policies, according to the homeless charity Crisis. In a newly-published report, Crisis sets out a comprehensive plan to make homelessness “a thing of the past”. It says 100,500 social homes need to be built…...

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Don’t throw them – bag & give to HAB!

Please if you are having a clearout or making room in your wardrobe for your new clothes, don’t throw anything out. Bag them up and bring them to us. Any clothing we cannot use we sell for recycling and the money we get buys new underwear and socks for our clients....

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New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say

Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said. There is consensus among campaigners and local authorities that the Homelessness Reduction Act, which came into force on Tuesday and imposes legal duties on English…...

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Chelmsford’s homeless community voices shock at man’s doorway death

Homeless people have told of their shock after a man died in a shop doorway during a night of freezing temperatures. The body of Rob O’Connor was found in Springfield Road, Chelmsford on Friday morning. Essex Police said Mr O’Connor’s death is being treated as unexplained. Although temperatures in the…...

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‘People care for five minutes’: homeless man’s death is wake-up call, says charity

Homeless charity says sustained austerity and cuts to vital services is leading to more deaths on the streets On an unremarkable evening last November, the congregation of St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square listened quietly as the names of 141 people were read out. Each had died that year without a…...

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Rise in rough sleeping is no surprise – it’s now a routine sight

The number of rough sleepers in one London borough has leapt by 647%. What’s gone wrong? Walking back from the park early on Monday morning I counted three people sleeping in a hedge along the railway tracks that lead from Euston station, and quickly forgot about it. Five years ago…...

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Should you give homeless people money? Absolutely

Gloucester city council’s poster implies they are not worth our compassion. This is a travesty of human decency. Have the Tory members of Gloucester city council been busy reading George Orwell’s 1984 in their book club recently? It seems someone has read the bit at the back where Orwell describes…...

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