NHS staff gives back to
local homeless community
STAFF from a local NHS Trust has donated more than 100
care packs filled with toiletries and personal items to the local homeless
The Wirral Homeless service, which is part of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
NHS Foundation Trust, has been collecting items from staff across Cheshire and
Wirral to make up individual care packs for:- local hostels, refuges, day and
night centres and soup kitchens. The packs include items such as shower gel,
toothbrushes, wipes and deodorant.
The service enlisted the help of Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust in
collecting donations, and were also given extra toiletries by the local St
Vincent De Paul Society.
Gaynor Parry, specialist practitioner in mental health for homeless / hostels at
CWP, said:- "Colleagues have been marvellous. We're so proud of
everybody's efforts and donations not just for the packs, but for the warm coats
and clothing. Homelessness has risen by 134% throughout the country which is
staggering and we have more street homeless using the shelter than any previous
year, so it's been wonderful to be able to spread some good cheer."
The Wirral Homeless service provides care to adults with mental health
conditions who are homeless, not currently involved in mental health services
and where there is a concern about their present mental health. The service is
designed to assess a person's mental health needs by providing an open
door/single point of access service and works jointly with local hostels,
shelters, drop in centres, housing and other statutory and voluntary agencies.
Avril Devaney MBE, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership at CWP,
said:- "I'm so proud of what our staff have achieved this year. The Wirral
Homeless Service has worked really hard to collect donations and staff across
Cheshire and Wirral have generously given toiletries to ensure local shelters
received as many packs as possible over the Christmas period."