Well its been a rollercoaster these past few months and so much has happened. Back in March I went along to meet the team at our Foodbank in Workington. I wanted to know what their views were of homelessness in our area. I was emailed this statement;
Foodbank and the Homeless
Since the Workington Distribution Centre of the North Lakes Foodbank opened in October 2012, we have been acutely aware of the lack of provision for homeless people in West Cumbria. Over the winter, when it was bitterly cold and wet, there were men we helped with food who were sleeping in the bus shelter, in a boat or in a tent (if they were lucky). Recently, a young man had been in a tent for three weeks since his release from prison, as there was no suitable accommodation for him. The temptation to re-offend is great.
People regularly ask if we know of any available rooms. Sadly, at present, the answer is usually “No”.
Fiona (Workington Centre Manager)
Winter will be on us once again shortly and nearly a year on there is still no shelter for the homeless of West Cumbria. Lets pull together and make it happen. If you can offer any help, or have any ideas, please let me know.
Rachel Holliday xxx