A season for helping others

Published on: 24 Nov 2016

WARM winter coats are being collected in Bristol as part of an appeal to help rough sleepers.

You can take them to City Hall or the council’s other main city centre office, 100 Temple Street, to be passed on the the charity Caring in Bristol.

Volunteer council staff are also collecting food and clothing for the Julian Trust.

The council's priority is to get people off the streets, and the Rough Sleeping Partnership was set up with homelessness charities to address the problem of people with nowhere to live.

Official figures showed the numbers sleeping on the streets rose to nearly 100 a night last November.

Jo Ellis, of the Julian Trust, said: “We serve over 80 meals each night and have beds for 18 guests but couldn't operate without the support and generosity of the local community.”

Matt Dowse, of Caring in Bristol, said: "The number of rough sleepers has increased, so if you've got a spare warm or waterproof coat that you can donate to us, the homeless and vulnerable people of Bristol will truly appreciate it."

Meanwhile, more volunteers are needed to help run night shelters in Bristol. The Rough Sleeping Partnership has opened 65 extra bed spaces for people since last Christmas but a spokesman for  the charity St Mungo’s said: “The night shelters rely heavily on the goodwill of volunteers to stay open.”

Ifyou can help, or want to find out more, contact the charity’s volunteer co-ordinator on 07736 887052 or email  volunteers@mungos.org  marking your message  Bristol Night Shelter 

A list of items the Julian Trust needs, as well as information about how to donate, can be found at http://juliantrust.org.uk/   

For more information about Caring in Bristol visit http://caringinbristol.co.uk/

For more information on rough sleeping and services available in Bristol please visit:

http://www.mungos.org/bristol

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/housing/homeless-or-at-risk-of-being-homeless

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BRISTOL has set up StreetLink, England’s only phone-line, website and mobile app that allows members of the public to send an alert when they see someone sleeping rough and connect them to local services.

Call 0300 500 0914, visit www.streetlink.org.uk or download the app for Apple and Android devices.     

Anyone can make a referral via Streetlink.org.uk if they are concerned about someone sleeping on the streets. You need to give the following information the person’s name (if known physical description any distinguishing characteristics (e.g. colour of distinctive clothing/possessions/sleeping bag or distinctive accent) specific location where the person is sleeping time they were seen 

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SUPPORTERS of the Resound foodbank in Mangotsfield are again busy making Christmas boxes for people in crisis.

The special parcels mean a lot to the recipients. Foodbank co-ordinators Claire Collins and Steve Riches said: “The boxes last year were so beautiful and appreciated by everyone who came to us at what is a very stressful and often sad time for many individuals and families.”

Foodbank stocks are high at the moment, thanks to contributions from harvest festivals around the area. The latest shopping list asks for tinned sponge puddings, UHT milk, tomato sauce, dry dog food and toilet rolls. 

Donations can be dropped off at Resound on Friday mornings.

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