Last month Watford’s MP joined forces with New Hope and Watford Borough Council and One YMCA to find accommodation for those without a roof over their head and Dean returned to New Hope to find out what more needs to be done.
Dean Russell said that “it must be so tough for those that do not have somewhere secure to sleep. We were all told repeatedly to stay home in order to save lives, but for those sleeping on the street they do not have a home where they can isolate from this virus. I am so grateful to both Travelodge and One YMCA for providing a place to stay.
It is great that 80 rough sleepers now have somewhere to stay, but the focus must now shift to how we can build on this. We have an opportunity to really change lives here, whether that be helping somebody to secure employment or supporting them in their recovery from the physical and mental traumas of rough sleeping.
New Hope are amazing, I know that it easy to say but I truly mean it. You can see how passionately the staff care and I am so grateful that they are in Watford.
New Hope CEO Matthew Heasman added “We are grateful for the support of Dean Russell and the whole community in Watford who have all rallied around to support some of the most vulnerable in the community. It's vital that people are given the opportunity and help needed to stay in safe and secure accommodation so that they do not have to return to the rough sleeping.”
To support New Hope, you can donate to their crisis appeal online at newhope.org.uk/appeal
For those that are able to leave their home you can donate the following items to the Haven Support Centre on Whippendell Road from 11am until 5pm 7 days a week.
Pot noodles and porridge pots
Fresh fruit and veg (not apples)
Cheese and butter
Large cereal boxes
New boxer shorts and ladies underwear (small sizes)