On your bike – homelessness
Telford & Wrekin Councillors will be taking part in a charity cycle ride to raise awareness of the issues faced by the homeless, specifically rough sleepers.
The charity cycle ride will raise funds for partner organisations who provide ongoing support for homeless people in the borough.
The main objective of the cycle ride is to raise awareness of homelessness, the work with partners to prevent homelessness and help available to people who are at risk of being homeless to access accommodation, housing advice and support.
To raise money Councilors will cycle over 80 miles, equivalent of cycling twice through the borough’s main towns. They are cycling on exercise bikes inside ASDA supermarket in Telford Town Centre on World Homeless Day on Thursday 10 October.
The Council works in partnership with local organisations to help tackle homelessness and raise awareness of the issue in the borough. Partners include ManInPlace, Kip, STAY Telford and YMCA Wellington. Money donated at the cycle ride will go to those charities.
Councillor David Wright, Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport & Infrastructure, said: “Homelessness is still an issue in the borough and we are committed to tackling and preventing it with the support of our partners, who we would not be able to do this without.
“Our teams and partners work hard constantly throughout the year to help rough sleepers and those who are about to become homeless; whether it be raising awareness, raising donations or applying for funding.
“To raise extra funds we will be in the saddle for charity – homelessness can affect people from all of our communities so we’re saying get on your bike to help get rid of homelessness.
“People who wish to make a donation can visit http://homeless.telford.gov.uk/ or come along and see us in ASDA on 10 October.”
Partners across the borough have made significant effort to help tackle and raise awareness of homelessness. These include:
• A £100,000 Telford 50 Legacy fund from the Council enabling four new workers to be employed to better support people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. These new workers include; a mental health worker, a resettlement officer, an engagement coach and a volunteer link-coordinator.
• A £10,000 fund from the Cold Weather Fund from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government to provide further support to tackle homelessness. This funding will support an engagement worker to help rough sleepers and to reduce homelessness during the coldest months.
• A £79,132 fund the Council secured from the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund to help provide support for rough sleepers in the borough. This will help assist partners to provide support to those who sleep rough and to access emergency accommodation.
• The Housing Solutions team at Telford & Wrekin Council who provide services to more than 3,000 people throughout the year and a specialist team providing in-depth support to around 150 clients a year who are at risk of becoming homeless.