Weston-super-Mare businesses and health care professionals will come together to help the homeless
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 August 2017
Health care professionals and trainers are coming together to offer much needed support to the homeless – but more groups are still needed.
Vets, hairdressers, trainers and nurses will be on hand to offer advice, health checks, services and support to some of Weston’s most vulnerable people.
Health trainer Debbie Stone has teamed up with homeless charity Somewhere To Go to give its service users access to groups and organisations they may not have previously had.
Debbie, who works with people to stop smoking, change their diet or gain and lose weight, reached out to a number of Weston-super-Mare businesses and services to attend her first Health and Wellbeing Day For The Homeless.
Beaconsfield Vets will perform check-ups on dogs, YMCA’s Joe Heslop will be speaking to younger service users and Bright Hair will give free haircuts to the homeless.
But more help is still needed.
Debbie said: “We still desperately want to get an optician and a dentist on board as these are key areas where homeless people are deprived.
“We are also encouraging people who think they can help to get in touch. They might know of another way to help which we may not have thought of.”
The one-day event, which will be held on October 6, will run from 10.30am-2pm and Somewhere To Go director Joan Eales hopes it will focus on issues which may not previously be the person’s ‘main priority’.
She added: “People do not take care of certain parts of their body, like their feet, eyes and teeth.
“These are the things which get ignored because they are having to struggle day-to-day just to have something to eat, have a wash, go to the toilet and get a cup of coffee.
“Ultimately what we want is for people to be able to put their lives back together and no longer require our services.”
Joan also hopes the day will encourage more services to come to the charity more regularly and offer consistent support to the homeless.
Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, who is also the council’s executive member for housing, said: “We already work with Somewhere to Go and other agencies to offer assistance to genuine local rough sleepers, to reunite them with their family or provide housing and other advice.
“I therefore hope this event will highlight the support that is available.”
If you would like to help or find out more, contact Debbie Stone on 01275 885645 or Joan Eales on 01934 641880.