Feed The Homeless teams up with Hands Of Change to feed Weston-super-Mare’s rough sleepers

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 May 2018

So-called 'professional beggars' will be targeted in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

So-called 'professional beggars' will be targeted in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

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Homeless people in Weston have been handed another form of support as a Bristol charity comes to the town to bring businesses and volunteers together.

The brains behind Feed The Homeless Bristol have come to the seaside town to set up a subdivision of its successful charity.

The organisers and its many volunteers have helped to feed hundreds of rough sleepers and, after an appeal from people in Weston, have come to do the 
same.

Naseem Talukdar, aged 38, set up Feed The Homeless Bristol in February 2016 and helped volunteer Heidi Griffin and Hands Of Change Weston set up the new division this week.

The initiative sees volunteers working with businesses to provide cooked meals, drinks and snacks to rough sleepers.

Ms Griffin said: “Feed The Homeless Bristol got in touch with us at the beginning of the year and helped set up the food delivery project Hands Of Change was running.

“Naseem then helped us to get more businesses involved and then we came under his charity’s umbrella.”

The pair ‘got the ball rolling’ on May 3 and set up a Facebook group and started networking with businesses.

Chutney’s, Greggs and Sabeez have all joined the cause with volunteers already handing out, on average, 15 to 18 meals a night.

Ms Griffin added: “Greggs has been fantastic and has really come on board through this process, more than any other chain business.”

Mr Talukdar believes it is important people know how generous some companies are.

He said: “It is not just about feeding vulnerable people on our streets but using our local businesses. It is really vital people realise those businesses are doing it out of their own goodwill.

“They don’t have a huge tenure but do so much for people with so little.

“It is not only feeding the homeless but also about building a relationship with them.

“The more people we support gets out a positive message 
about Weston and the people in it.”

The charity works on a daily rota with one person or business cooking and another person, or group of people, delivering the food along with tea, coffee and soft drinks.

To get involved or to find out more about the group, search Feed The Homeless W-s-M on Facebook or visit www.feedthehomeless.org.uk

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