10 October is World Homeless day, a chance to reflect on homelessness, and those affected, to look at responses to it and to commit to working together to end it.
In Plymouth, key homeless services are now commissioned by Plymouth City Council through The Plymouth Alliance. They include rough sleeper work, hostels, other temporary accommodation, housing support, private rented access and more: many organisations work together to respond to homelessness, to minimise its impact and help people into settled housing.
Path, as a homelessness charity and as part of the Plymouth Alliance, is involved with people at every stage of homelessness, from those sleeping rough, through to those who need support to stay in their own accommodation.
But there is always more to do and services need to develop all the time, something we are jointly committed to. That’s especially true when the unexpected occurs, such as the Covid pandemic.
Therefore on the Alliance website there are articles about what we collectively did during lockdown, alongside information about what we and other partners do. People can also read about the Make A Change scheme, where people can donate money to directly help those in need.
So, for us, World Homeless Day is a chance to reflect on what’s being done, to look at what else is needed and to look at how we keep joining up and improving what we do.