2 weeks ago the rough sleeping count began in Bolsover to try and size the issue of homelessness. Currently, the Freedom Community Project are working with 8 homeless people, 7 of whom are based within Bolsover. At this time of year temperatures are dropping well below freezing overnight, and it is easy to forget about those sleeping rough when we are all cozy in our Christmas pyjamas with a hot cup of tea. The reality for them is much different.
What is the problem?
Twice as many people slept rough in 2015 than in 2010. Between 1 January and 31st Mach 2016, local authorities accepted 14,780 households as being statutorily homeless, which is up by 2% from the same period in the previous year. However, this second figure doesn’t include those who didn’t apply as homeless to their local authority, were deemed ‘intentionally homeless’, or were ‘not in priority need’.
What can you do?
Last year we received over 70 shoeboxes full of useful items for the homeless and you can help us do the same this year! Please help by donating shoeboxes, sleeping bags, hats, gloves, scarves, apple sauce, snacks, toothpaste, deodorant, blankets and clean underwear. Furthermore, on the 18th of December we are holding a free Christmas meal and would love to encourage those who cannot have a meal at home on Christmas Day to come and enjoy one with us. Come along and rejoice in the Christmas spirit with us!