The growing numbers of homeless don’t just need somewhere to live, they need employment and a caring person to mentor them. On 27th April we will explore what connected hearts can do together. (1-4pm, ACE at Sedgley NET offices)
How we collectively rise to the challenge of the growing numbers of homeless across our region is an issue which in recent months has been increasingly “capturing our attention.” Much good work is already being done by dedicated individuals and groups across our region and there are new initiatives which should be applauded. (Rough Sleepers bid, YMCA Sleep Easy)
We want to explore some ground to see if there are any ways in which we can maximise the impact of what we are doing …perhaps it might just be through better communications – making people who are engaged at the sharp end more aware of what is available – or possibly by looking at ways in which we could evolve “new collaborations.”
We are therefore changing the subject of our next quarterly event on the 27th April to exploring how we collectively can address this issue in the Black Country.
We have relational links with Green Pastures, an organisation currently housing over 400 people who were previously homeless. They are keen to do what they can in partnership with us across the Black Country and we believe that this is an opportunity that we should not ignore. We want to learn from their experience and we also want to hear a collective voice on the subject which is what April 27th is primarily about.
The provision of housing, pastoral support, job creation and employment, and of course funding are all part of this opportunity. How each of us plays our part and how we could possibly join together in this is certainly worth exploring.