Harrogate Homeless Project is to hold its first ever open day this October to give local people and businesses a chance to see its facilities and hear about its work.
The charity has been working to reduce the number of homeless people sleeping rough in the Harrogate district for 27 years.
Liz Hancock, CEO of the Project, said its objectives remain the same as when it was founded back in 1991.
“Our mission is to help homeless people from Harrogate get back on their feet by providing support, sleeping space and the services needed to tackle the underlying causes of their homelessness,” she said.
The hostel open day is designed to offer local people and businesses a chance to see the facilities, meet some of the current residents and hear about the latest initiatives, which include proposals to expand its successful town centre drop in service.
Facilities at Bower Street include a 17-bed hostel and a separate emergency shelter known as No Second Night Out, which provides immediate short-term accommodation to prevent anyone in the area having to spend a second night on the streets.
The charity’s SAFE scheme is also run from here. This service has been specifically designed to support entrenched rough sleepers who have a long history of ineffective contact with the services who are trying to assist them and have severe, multiple complex needs such as long-term mental health issues, difficulties coping with personal trauma, a criminal conviction or have been the victim of crime, issues with alcohol or substance abuse, or who are unable to access mainstream services.
Additional services operated by Harrogate Homeless Project include its Springboard Day Centre at the Wesley Chapel on Oxford Street, which provides midweek hot meals, showers, laundry facilities, GP and other services, and its move on accommodation for those who are ready to progress from the hostel to independent living.
Liz said: “We have a really good track record for helping homeless adults progress through the hostel and on to independence and employment but we recognise that there are still a lot of people living and working in Harrogate who are not aware of the work we do.
“The open day is chance for them to pop in for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, meet our staff and residents and learn more about the essential services we provide and the vital role we play in the community.”
The Harrogate Homeless Project Open Day will be held at the hostel at 7 Bower Street, Harrogate, on October 24 from 4pm to 7pm. Residents and businesses are welcome to drop in during these hours. Half hourly tours of the hostel will operate and refreshments will be provided. There will also be displays highlighting the hostel’s work.
Register to attend here.