Scheme aims to reach out to homeless people in Gosport

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HOMELESS people are to receive more help to turn their lives around in Gosport thanks to a new scheme launched by the town’s Churches Together Group.

The project was launched publicly at Holy Trinity Church in Trinity Green in the town yesterday.

However work has been going on behind the scenes for about 15 months.

At an event attended by local groups including Two Saints Ltd which support those who are homeless or at risk, the Mayor of Gosport councillor John Beavis and others, plans to help more people in need were unveiled.

The scheme is multi-faith and organisers are working with groups in the area ranging from the Job Centre to voluntary organisations to offer more help.

The Rev Pete Lambert said: ‘It was the cold weather of 2012 when I was asked as a man of the clergy what I’m doing about it and what the church is doing about it by people on the streets so I put the same question to myself and Churches Together.

‘From that we formed a steering group.’

Plans include giving presentations in schools, and offering homeless people refuge overnight in local churches and other establishments in the area during extreme bad weather.

Mr Lambert also hopes to offer signposting to key services as well as help and advice.

Mr Lambert added: ‘Our churches have a wealth of resources, voluntary resources, ranging from doctors to dustbin men. That’s not being derogatory to either end of the spectrum.

‘Looking at the problem of homelessness there is an element of all skill sets that are necessary.

‘We need ideas from people, to work alongside each other from things like going to the Job Centre, to sorting out benefits which some people find very difficult.

‘If they had someone to do that then perhaps they could be prevented from being homeless.’

‘We are also looking at education, and bringing it into schools.

For more information about the Gosport scheme or to get involved in the project visit http://together.ourchurchweb.org.uk/gosport/