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World Homeless Day - at Emmaus Hull and East Riding.

[10 October 2017]

Over 120 people gathered at The Orchard - Emmaus Hull and East Riding - to learn more about the key issues around homelessness locally.

Several speakers shared information about the scale of homelessness, the trends being encountered, the work being delivered now, pilot projects such as Housing First just starting in the East Riding, and future changes to the law affecting how statutory support will be delivered.

A wide range of organisations provided stalls of information too, outlining services available to those experiencing homelessness, and opportunities for accommodation.
Photographs © Jerome Whittingham, @photomoments

Blair Jacobs - host.

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BBC Radio presenter Blair Jacobs hosted the afternoon. Blair is also director of Classics in the Park which has helped to raise funds for Emmaus Hull and East Riding each year, also raising awareness at the event of the work Emmaus does locally.

Classics in the Park

Andrew Young - Emmaus Hull & East Riding Chair.

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More information:

Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise, and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.

For many who ever experience homelessness one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides people with a stable home and the opportunity to regain their self-worth, making a real contribution to their community.

Emmaus Hull and East Riding

Paul Abbott - Humber Anti Slavery.

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More information:

Humber Modern Slavery Partnership are a strategic grouping of frontline organisations across Humberside dedicated to tackling all forms of modern slavery.

We have over 60 agencies that have joined together to fight Slavery and Trafficking.

Humber Modern Slave Partnership

Dave Richmond - Hull City Council Neighbourhoods Manager.

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More information:

Find out how Hull City Council's Housing Options Team can help if you are homeless or you think you are going to become homeless.

Hull City Council: homelessness

Tony Margetts - East Riding Council Public Health.

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More information:

Information and advice about drugs and alcohol, including the risks, and where to get help and advice if you are concerned about yourself or others.

East Riding Council Public Health: drugs and alcohol.

Interview: There's something in the heroin.

Robbie - HomelessLink.

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More information:

Homeless Link are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. We work to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness.

Homeless Link

Phil Mamoaney - MIND Housing First.

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More information:

MIND in East Yorkshire is about to start a pilot trial of the Housing First model of supporting rough sleepers.

MIND Hull and East Yorkshire

Mark Bottomley - Home Office Immigration.

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More information:

Mark outlined his work for the Home Office Immigration Service, addressing issues relating to non EU nationals and homelessness.

Paul Matson - Hull 4 Heroes.

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More information:

Ex-serviceman Paul Matson talked about his own experiences after leaving the forces, explaining how many former soldiers are left unable to cope with civilian life - often leading to their homelessness. Hull 4 Heroes, founded by Paul, addresses the issues.

Hull 4 Heroes.
Do you have resources from the day to share? Get in touch so I can add links. Thanks. Jerome - Editor.