New Year’s boost for borough’s homeless
A mobile vaccination bus will ensure homeless people and rough sleepers in Telford and Wrekin are offered the chance of a Covid-19 vaccination or booster this News Year’s eve.
Working in partnership with Maninplace, a provider of accommodation for people who are rough sleeping or homeless in the borough, the team running Betty the vaccination bus will be on hand to offer the jab in Wellington on 31 December.
The bus is run by a team including staff from Telford & Wrekin Council, the local NHS and the army and will be assisted by staff from KiP and Maninplace.
Councillor Kelly Middleton, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Wellbeing, Equalities and Partnerships said: “People who are rough sleeping or sofa surfing are less able to book and attend appointments because of their circumstances. It is important that we level the playing field and give them the opportunity to protect themselves from the serious illness that Covid can cause.
“Having the vaccination bus at Maninplace and extra support in place to encourage people to come forward means that if someone wants to get the jab, they can get it right there and then.”
Established in 2006 as a small not for profit community enterprise, Maninplace now provides in excess of 120 units of accommodation for people who are homeless or rough sleeping.
Alan Olver MBE, Chief Executive of Maninplace and Honorary Freeman of Telford and Wrekin said: “Our wish for 2022 is that everyone in our community at KiP and Maninplace can start 2022 safely and protected with new opportunities to flourish and be prosperous.
“We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the council and make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated. We will also be checking on the wider wellbeing of people who come forward and helping them to access any support they may need.”
Residents are reminded that if they see anyone sleeping rough over the winter period they should report it to the Housing Solutions Team or call the housing hotline on 01952 381925.