Drop in to find out about homelessness

People will be able to find out what’s being done to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at a drop-in event in Exeter on Friday 13 October.

The event is being held at Exeter Guildhall between noon and 2pm as part of Homelessness Awareness Week.

Exeter and Teignbridge councils have teamed up with a number of partners to highlight all the good work that goes on in the area and raise awareness of homelessness.

The Week ends on Friday with a drop-in event at the Guildhall, where a whole host of officers and experts who deal with homelessness will be on hand to talk to the public, answer any questions and help with any queries.

Representative from the following agencies will be at the event:

·         Exeter City Council
·         Julian House
·         Citizens Advice Bureau
·         Westward Housing
·         Esther Community
·         BCHA
·         St Petrocks

Just before the event, at 11.15am, a live debate on homelessness will be broadcast on the City Council’s Facebook page, involving a number of the representatives who will be attending the drop-in event. People are invited to submit questions for the debate by visiting the City Council’s Facebook page.

Homelessness Awareness Week began on Monday. Throughout the week, videos have been posted on Facebook and Twitter highlighting what help there is for people, how they can go about getting support, how people who aren’t homeless can help and the success stories of those who have turned their lives around.

A number of agencies have been involved in the campaign, including: St Petrocks; Julian House; Exeter CVS & CoLab; Young Devon; YMCA; SDplitz; Gabriel House; Esther Community; Community Housing Aid; Citizens Advice Bureau; Homemaker Southwest; Prison Services; Westward Housing; Independent Futures; HITS and THAT.