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Publication date:- 2017-16-12

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Always room inside at new rough sleeping shelter

LIVERPOOL'S Mayor, Joe Anderson, is to officially launch the Council's new rough sleeping shelter; as part of a major new drive to tackle homelessness in the City. Labre House on Camden Street in the Georgian Quarter; named after the Patron Saint of the homeless, Benedict Joseph Labre; is already operational, providing a safe and warm environment for the City's rough sleepers.  The shelter will operate between 8pm and 8am, 365 days of the year. In addition, there is a day care centre at the Whitechapel Centre, on Langsdale Street, ensuring rough sleepers can stay off the streets, 24/7. However the aim of the 3 storey Labre House centre is much bolder and the building is undergoing renovation work to turn it into a hub offering a range of services. It will eventually bring together outreach teams, substance and alcohol support and GP services, in order to provide an integrated approach to supporting rough sleepers. The Mayor's ambition also includes helping rough sleepers access benefits and housing advice, as well as free IT and telephones, so they can get back in touch with family and friends. When completed, Labre House will be 1 of the most ambitious centres of its kind in the country, providing tailored support, not only to get rough sleepers off the streets, but to help them turn their lives around; for good. The Centre will bring together the City's various voluntary groups, so the entire effort behind tackling rough sleeping can be co-ordinated for maximum effect. Crucially, in a break with national Government policy, Mayor Anderson has insisted that all people on the streets; even failed asylum seekers who are deemed to have:- 'No Recourse to Public Funds' will also be helped.

Explaining the thinking behind Labre House, Mayor Anderson said:- "I can't begin to imagine how desperate it is to find yourself out on the streets of our City, especially during the winter. The Council spends ₤11 million every year tackling homelessness; helping families and individuals avoid rough sleeping. I am now determined that we will end rough sleeping in Liverpool once and for all and I am prepared to spend whatever it takes to guarantee that no  shivers to death on the streets of my City.  I simply will not tolerate a situation where our fellow human beings feel they have no other option than to live on the streets. This includes those deemed to have 'No Recourse to Public Funds'. Any rough sleeper will get help. We will shortly be launching a campaign 'Always Room Inside' to explain how we are working to address rough sleeping and ensure there is, literally always room inside; day and night; and what the public can do to help us by signposting any rough sleepers they meet towards our services."

In November, 133 people presented as homeless and at imminent risk of rough sleeping, of which 92% (122) were supported indoors and successfully prevented from spending a 1st night out on the street.  A total of 85 different people were observed bedding down on the streets, of which 61 were successfully supported to come indoors or return to accommodation.

₤10,000 on offer to schools in national Scottish Power Green Energy Trust competition

PUPILS in secondary schools across the UK have until 31 December 2017, to share their School's big green dream and compete to get ₤10,000 to help turn ideas into reality.

The Scottish Power Green Energy Trust is calling on school pupils in Year 7 to 8 in England to submit their:- 'Big Green Dream.'

Ideas could range from recycling initiatives to supporting the school eco group or installing a new wind turbine. 1 school will receive the top prize of ₤10,000 to make their dream a reality. 4 runners up will receive ₤5,000 for their school and 8 schools will receive ₤1,000.  Pupils can make creative entries such as drawings, videos, collages, poems or paintings. The entries will be judged by the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, an independent charity which helps community renewable energy projects get off the ground. Funded entirely by donations from Scottish Power's Green Energy Fund customers, the Green Energy Trust has awarded over ₤1.6 million to more than 154 projects since it was 1st established in 2000.

Alison McKean, Social and Environmental Policy Manager at Scottish Power and a Trustee of the Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, said:- "The countdown is on for school pupils to share their Big Green Dream and show they have what it takes to design a brighter future for their school. We're looking for ideas that will blow us away and support the school in being environmentally friendly for years to come." 

For more information about the competition or to submit an entry before 31 December, please visit:- BigGreenDream.Co.UK.

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