Free health check-up and support for homeless

PUBLISHED: 07:12 25 August 2018

The Somewhere to Go day centre.    


The Somewhere to Go day centre. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


Professionals willing to do a good deed to help the homeless living in Weston are being urged to come forward by North Somerset Council.

It is asking opticians and dentists to volunteer some of their time to help care for those camped out on the street.

The council’s Health Trainers group has organised for a wellbeing day for homeless people next month.

Homeless people can receive a free health check-up and seek advice about support options available to them.

Somewhere to Go’s Day Centre Manager, Joan Eales, said: “We hope it will focus on issues which may not be the main priority for someone dealing with homelessness.

“Often they struggle through the day just to get something to eat, have a wash, go to the toilet and get a cup of coffee.

“What we want ultimately is that people can put their lives back together.”

Fears of the number of people without a permanent home have been raised publicly throughout the year and work is being done to open a night assessment shelter in the town.

And the council’s health and wellbeing day is designed to help further.

It is open to anyone who is living on the streets, sofa surfing or staying in temporary accommodation. They can get their own health checked by professionals, as well as their pets.

Groups and organisations signed up for the wellbeing day include Addaction, Alliance Living, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Citizen’s Advice and Healthwatch North Somerset, plus the council.

Health trainer Debbie Stone believes there will be plenty available to those in need.

Debbie said: “This is the second homeless health and wellbeing event we’ve organised and once again the support from local organisations and businesses has been great.

“There will be people on hand to provide advice on sexual and mental health and wellbeing, plus Bright Hair will be there to provide haircuts and Beaconsfield Vets will be offering pet checks, but we still need a dentist and optician to offer their services to help local people.”

The event will run from 10am-2pm on September 14 at Somewhere To Go in the Boulevard.

Anyone interested in volunteering their services should call 01934 427661 by Tuesday.

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