Charity sets homeless on ‘pathway’ to a better life

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A CHARITY which helps set the homeless on a pathway to escaping life on the streets has been nominated for two Adur and Worthing Business Awards.

Worthing Churches Homeless Projects, which has bases around Worthing, is competing for the ‘green business’ and ‘outstanding contribution in the community’ awards.

Set-up in 1991 by four Christians, who took supplies to local homeless people, the charity has now expanded, with an established day centre, four hostels and 150 active volunteers.

Sue Stevens, PR and fundraising manager, said: “A homeless charity is not seen as an attractive one to support.

“Many people think that homeless people are just lazy or have brought it on themselves, but the truth is so different.

Everyone involved with this charity deserves recognition for the work they do to help make Worthing a better place to live.”

The charity helps more than 500 people a year, utilising a range of services. These include a morning drop-in session at its day centre, where the homeless can use showers and access clothing.

It also offers accommodation in its hostels, providing tenants remain drink and drug-free.

Sue said: “The charity provides the complete pathway for people, from a life on the streets to independent living, guiding and helping them along the way to make the necessary changes.

“This is a real community project, supported by local members of the community.

“Without the volunteers and staff, there would be more people on our streets putting off tourists and upsetting shoppers.”

The charity’s hopes for the ‘green business’ award rests on its bike recycling scheme.

It takes in unwanted bikes, which are worked on by the charity’s clients, who get valuable training, and prevent the bikes going to landfill.

n Time is running out to enter this year’s awards, with the deadline to get nomination forms in set as September 19.

To be in with a chance of winning, visit www.jpsouthevents.co.uk/event/adur-worthing-business-awards