Charity volunteers help 60 rough sleepers off Bradford's streets

From left, John Hotowka, Kevin McMernon, Hannah Postles and Andy McMenemy at a Suits on the Street event was organised by Bradford charity Inn Churches in November

From left, John Hotowka, Kevin McMernon, Hannah Postles and Andy McMenemy at a Suits on the Street event was organised by Bradford charity Inn Churches in November

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Chief Reporter

Six hundred church volunteers have worked together to take 69 rough sleepers off the streets this winter in a mammoth push to tackle homelessness in the Bradford district.

Figures were released this week from Inn Churches, the charity which equips congregations to turn their buildings into makeshift hotels giving shelter, food and clothing to rough sleepers through the coldest months.

The project now has 75 church congregations in the district donating, hosting and volunteering for the shelter that passes from one church to the next for 15 weeks.

The combined efforts housed 75 people – 69 of whom are now no longer on the streets and have either been housed, been placed in permanent accommodation or who have gone back to family and in a couple of instances gone to prison.

It comes days after it was revealed that Bradford Council’s cold weather provision had been open for more than 100 nights such was the demand for the service and the freezing temperatures.

“Inn Churches is a project that has grown and grown because people enjoy doing something practical for someone in need,” Project Manager Juli Thompson said.

“As well as providing 1,240 beds, safety and warmth for vulnerable adults, it has brought people together in Bradford, Shipley and Keighley, and that is always a great thing.”

The news comes days after Adam Clark, a project co-ordinator for Hope Housing, which provides accommodation in volunteers’ homes and helps with the cold weather provision programme, said that their service had been in the most demand ever this year, since its creation eight years ago.

Meanwhile, homeless charity Simon On The Streets has marked rough-sleeping spots across Bradford with commemorative plaques.

Positioned at sites used by rough sleepers for shelter, each vinyl sticker – styled after English heritage’s commemorative signs – is intended to help the district better appreciate the living conditions and mortality rate of those seeking refuge at locations such as Godwin Street.

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12:58pm Sat 30 Mar 13

The Hoffster says...

How about trying to find out the root cause of *why* these individuals become homeless in the first place?

And yes, it may be their fault in the first place (due to drink, drugs etc...).
How about trying to find out the root cause of *why* these individuals become homeless in the first place? And yes, it may be their fault in the first place (due to drink, drugs etc...). The Hoffster
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9:35pm Sat 30 Mar 13

allinittogether says...

There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right.
Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around.
What do you advocate should be done?
There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right. Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around. What do you advocate should be done? allinittogether
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11:28am Sun 31 Mar 13

The Hoffster says...

allinittogether wrote:
There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right.
Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around.
What do you advocate should be done?
Someone mentioned a cull.
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right. Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around. What do you advocate should be done?[/p][/quote]Someone mentioned a cull. The Hoffster
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2:44pm Sun 31 Mar 13

allinittogether says...

The Hoffster wrote:
allinittogether wrote:
There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right.
Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around.
What do you advocate should be done?
Someone mentioned a cull.
*Sigh*
And there I was thinking we could have a rational discussion about a situation that is a national disgrace.
Seems I was mistaken.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: There are many reasons why people end up homeless maybe drink & drugs also include financial difficulties, relationship breakdown, mental health issues etc. Each case is unique and tragic in it's own right. Surely though the first thing to do, as these admirable volunteers have done, is get them off the streets and then help them turn their lives around. What do you advocate should be done?[/p][/quote]Someone mentioned a cull.[/p][/quote]*Sigh* And there I was thinking we could have a rational discussion about a situation that is a national disgrace. Seems I was mistaken. allinittogether
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5:57pm Sun 31 Mar 13

RollandSmoke says...

So do these charity workers expect an upturn in the numbers of homeless as a direct result of the changes to the benefits system that come into force tomorrow? It seems everyone else who takes any interest does. Why have they made no mention of it?
So do these charity workers expect an upturn in the numbers of homeless as a direct result of the changes to the benefits system that come into force tomorrow? It seems everyone else who takes any interest does. Why have they made no mention of it? RollandSmoke
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7:15pm Tue 2 Apr 13

Shipleyvegas says...

I think the best thing about this programme is that, based on what I've read at least, there is no judgement, just help where and when it is needed. Frankly I don't care why they are on the streets, but when the weather is so shocking, let's be thankful that at least they have a roof for a night. If we can get to the root cause then that is a whole different discussion. I for one will be looking at what I can do to help Inn Churches.
I think the best thing about this programme is that, based on what I've read at least, there is no judgement, just help where and when it is needed. Frankly I don't care why they are on the streets, but when the weather is so shocking, let's be thankful that at least they have a roof for a night. If we can get to the root cause then that is a whole different discussion. I for one will be looking at what I can do to help Inn Churches. Shipleyvegas
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