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HOMELESS BUS TO VISIT ROYAL WEDDING
Brighton’s most famous bus is set to travel to the Royal Wedding on the 19th May. It will be there to act as a central hub for the homeless and rough sleepers, who are expected to travel to the area and join with the local rough sleepers in Windsor. All will be there to wish Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a great day and join in the celebrations.
The bus will provide free water/hot drinks and basic food to the homeless community during its stay. It will be manned by volunteers and homeless people from Brighton. The trained volunteers can also offer support and signpost onto other services. We work very well with local services including police and the council, so it is expected the same will happen in Windsor.
The council in Windsor recently ran into public ridicule after the story was released stating it wanted all the homeless kicked out of the city: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/03/windsor-council-calls-removal-homeless- people-before-royal-wedding.
Public and celebrities including Russell Brand began to condemn the suggestion:
We have a support role to play and that is our mission. With public support we will be there the day before, doing outreach and we will stay in a central location to watch the procession drive past. We do hope the Royal couple get news of the visit and find a way to give us a wave. The homeless crisis in the UK is down to government policy to drive the poor onto the streets, so from the streets we will celebrate the wedding.
About Sussex Homeless Support (SHS)
Based in Brighton but with links covering the UK, SHS is a homeless charity that works with and supports many others in the city to achieve its ambition of zero food poverty and 100 % support for all people in Brighton.
As well as collecting food and items of clothing and distributing them out daily to people on the streets, SHS provides cooking for the Anti-Freeze Homeless Project (Mondays) and hosts the lively Street Kitchen at the Clock tower on Sundays. The charity also provides supplies to people recently re-housed.
The Mobile Night Shelter
Recently Sussex Homeless Support has acquired an old double decker bus and converted it to a mobile night shelter. There are ten bunks upstairs and seating and bathroom area downstairs.
The bus is up and running and since day one has been full every night. Trained volunteers operate the bus, ensuring that it is a safe and secure place to sleep for men, women and their pets.
Hot food is provided by volunteers from the local community. To see a great video about the bus, follow this link:
The bus will also act as an education source, so schools for example, can see and learn more about the homeless crisis.
Sunday Street Kitchen
The lively Street Kitchen runs every Sunday at the Brighton Clock tower. It sets up at 1pm and finishes at 3pm and leaves little evidence it was there at all. During that time, volunteers serve hot food and drinks and provide supplies such as clothing, sleeping bags and toiletries to up to eighty people who have been unfortunate enough to have ended up on the streets.
The Street Vets are also present, giving food, toys and providing medical treatment for homeless dogs.
The Street Kitchen is very much what you see on the tin; you can donate an item on Sunday and two minutes later see someone on the streets wearing it. If you want to help out, just stand behind a stall and pitch in.
SHS has several ex-service volunteers and links with ex-military bases such as Royal Artillery in Selsey who provide much of the kit donated and given out to the homeless. Together with one of the UKs largest military surplus stores, the bases have provided many boxes of clothes, boots, sleeping bags and liners which have literally saved lives this winter. The charity has 20 regular ex- service homeless people and has assisted one person recently into secure tenancy and access to his children.
Contact to donate and volunteer or for further information:
Sussex Homeless Support, Unit 7E 196 Old Shoreham Rd, Hove BN3 7EX
Email: Jim Deans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: Jim Deans 07774 266244
Donate to the GoFundMe appeal set up by Jim Deans - Homeless and Rough Sleepers: https:// www.gofundme.com/homeless-and-rough-sleeper-crisis
07753 660775 email@example.com
Press release distributed by Pressat on behalf of Sussex Homeless Support, on Thursday 3 May, 2018. For more information subscribe and follow http://www.pressat.co.uk/
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