Action Homeless Sign Leicester’s Homelessness Charter
Action Homeless have pledged their support to Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.
On Monday 29th October Action Homeless CEO Mark Grant and Deputy CEO Karen Purewal joined with partners from across the city to pledge their support to Leicester’s Homelessness Charter.
The charter aims to improve the way organisations and individuals work together to tackle homelessness in the city, and to harness the enthusiasm of those who want to get involved but don’t know how.
More than 100 people from charities, the voluntary sector, local businesses and statutory organisations attended the launch, which took place at Leicester Cathedral.
The charter provides a vision, values and principles that can be shared by all of those working to prevent homelessness in the city, and to support those affected by it. It aims to reduce duplication, improve communication between those working with homeless people, and to raise awareness of services and how the public can help.
A draft charter was developed by a group comprising representatives from Leicester City Council, Action Homeless, SoundCafe Leicester and the Church of England’s Diocese of Leicester, people who have experienced homelessness and practitioners who all met to share their thinking and all recognising the need for a charter.
As a next step, many attendees at the launch have signed up to join identified action groups around particular aspects of homelessness, with dates already fixed for the first meetings. People experiencing homelessness will be involved in this work.
A website will shortly be created, which will track progress and enable other individuals and organisations both to pledge their support and to join in in practical ways. This will mean organisations working together and others perhaps lending expertise or giving of money and time.
A copy of the charter is available here: https://www.leicester.anglican.org/exploring-faith/social-responsibility/housing-homelessness/
More information on how people can support the Charter is available by emailing Homelessness.Charter@LecCofE.org