In Novembers’ Constituency Labour Party meeting, members of the Labour party in Bosworth generously donated a total of £100 to the Emmaus Charity to support the homeless in Hinckley over the Christmas period. Christine Dallas – Chair of Bosworth Constituency Labour Party is a long term supporter of the charity and gave us an insight into how the charity works and how they support homeless people in the area.
Well done Hinckley!
Often, the view people can have of someone who is homeless is of a person sleeping in a shop doorway or on park benches, but there are also huge numbers of people staying with friends or sofa-surfing. This is the side of homelessness we might not see, but it can have just as devastating an impact on the lives of the people going through it.
Why do people become homeless?
There are a wide range of reasons that people become homeless. The main factor that contributes to becoming homeless is relationship breakdown, or for younger people it is being asked to leave home by their parents. Other factors that have a big impact are losing your home, losing your job, problems with drugs and alcohol and mental health issues.
What support is available?
Much of the support that is available is only able to provide a bed for the night and a hot meal, but the next morning you are back on the streets again.
Why is Emmaus different?
This is why Emmaus is different. They don’t just offer a bed for the night, they offer a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as meaningful work in their social enterprises. This opportunity, to become part of a community and make a contribution to it, plays an important role in restoring self-esteem and helping companions, formally homeless people who now live at Emmaus, to find a way to overcome homelessness in the long term.
How do the people of Hinckley help?
Emmaus would not work at all if the people of Hinckley did not support them on a daily basis. So really it’s a community supporting a community, giving hope and a reason to get out of bed every day to formally homeless people.
Christmas is one of the hardest times to be homeless, alone or lonely and the companions and staff work tirelessly to make sure that more places can be offered to people still out on the streets. Please remember homelessness can happen to anyone or anyone’s children.
Chair Hinckley and Bosworth Labour Party
To find out more about Emmaus visit: https://www.emmaus.org.uk/leicestershire_rutland