An exciting new initiative connecting people and organisations locally, to tackle homelessness.
This winter, the COVID-19 pandemic will leave even more people homeless and in desperate need of support. It is therefore very timely that this month sees more than 15 charities that support homeless people across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, including Emmanuel House Support Centre, working together to launch Street Support Nottingham.
This new, web-based service provides a ‘one stop shop’ to find or give support for homeless people in our region. The website provides links for people who are homeless to find all the services they might need, from accommodation and hot meals through to mental health support and legal advice. Whether provided by charities, churches or local councils, the services will appear on Street Support Nottingham. The website also provides links for members of the public to donate items such as clothes or food, time in volunteering opportunities or money to local homelessness charities.
This initiative will enable homeless people to find the information they need quickly and easily, reducing the time they might need to sleep on the streets and helping to protect them from the risks associated with begging and sleeping rough.
We are delighted to be launching the Street Support Nottingham initiative with the full support of the Nottingham City Council, the city and county libraries. Members of the public who want to find out how to support local homelessness charities will be able to find out about the initiative from library staff and pick up one of the handy-sized Street Support Nottingham business cards, which provide all the details needed to access the site.
We are grateful to Boots Charitable Trust and the National Lottery Community Fund for the initial finances to launch this initiative.