It was World Homeless Day on 10th October and, whilst there's still a long way to go, I thought that it was a good time to look back at the work we've been doing on this issue in Mansfield. Check out the video below to hear about the progress we have made so far.
£50 million of 'Move On' Funding
After months of work with Framework to push Government into action on the 'Move on Fund', which supports people to get off the streets and into secure accommodation, I was delighted with the announcement that the Government is making £50 million available across England to support people to turn their lives around. You can find out more about the fund here. We'll be talking to local service providers about bidding for this funding and bringing some of that help to Mansfield.
Last week, I joined a call to action for World Homeless Day and added my voice to the Everybody In campaign to end homelessness, an initiative by the national homelessness charity Crisis.
A host of A-list celebrities, including Tom Hardy, Emma Thompson and Sir Ian McKellen, have also joined the call by appearing in a short film for Crisis where they perform a poem about the injustice of homelessness. The poem, ‘If Everybody is in’, was written by Crisis’ Poet-in-Residence Stefan Gambrell, aka ‘Neanderthal Bard’, who has himself experienced homelessness.
Earlier this year Crisis published its own ground-breaking plan to end homelessness, which sets out the exact government policies needed to end all forms of homelessness within a ten-year period. The charity hopes this will spur Britain’s governments to build on their recent positive steps in recognising homelessness as an urgent issue.
I was able to meet with Crisis to talk about their campaign to end homelessness, meet service providers and help raise awareness by filming some content for their campaign. I've signed their letter to Government calling for a firm commitment to ending not just rough sleeping, but homelessness as a whole.
Also, it's great to hear that the Maun Valley Citizens group convened a meeting recently to discuss a long term voluntary befriending service to help people maintain tenancies and stay off the streets, something I suggested to service providers a few months ago.