If your house was on fire, you’d want the fire brigade to come round and put it out. Straight away. No questions asked.  So what should you do if someone asks you for money for food or shelter? I was out for a ward walk the other evening. A man and his pregnant partner approached me – looking for help for a bed that night.  I had no cash to give him but it got me thinking.

I buy items for the food bank run by a local church charity. After talking to other trustees we are now giving money directly to local homeless people.

I also spoke to the Council who know about this couple and their case is in hand.

Coming back to the fire service. Once the fire is out you’d want fire prevention advice.

I’m heartened by the success of nearby Cambridge City Council’s Street Aid. Since 2016 it has raised £100, 000.  This has given 300 people grants to get off, and stay off, the streets.

If someone has nothing to eat and nowhere to go, they need help now.  And then support to change their future.

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