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12:51pm 4th January 2018

The chairman of a Salisbury homelessness charity says their aim for 2018 is to keep supporting the people that need it.

The Salisbury Trust for the Homeless helps around 60 people every year to get off the streets, into accommodation, and eventually towards independence.

They're now in their 30th anniversary year, and the charity says they've grown to a size that they're comfortable with.

But Gordon Pardy from the cause says that doesn't mean things are easy:

"We need to raise funds, we need to just help whoever comes to us for support. Government funding will always reduce so we need to raise extra funds, so we'll possibly be looking for corporate funding for 2018."

Homeless - Rough Sleeper - on New Canal Salisbury (Mike Draper)

One of the charity's former clients has been speaking to Spire FM about his experiences.

You can hear from Salisbury Trust for the Homeless client Sam Goss and how he was helped on our news page at www.spirefm.co.uk/news

The Salisbury Trust for the Homeless is worried that there'll be more pressure put onto their fundraising during 2018.

Chairman Gordon Pardy has told Spire FM that their focus is on maintaining services:

"We help about 60 people every year and that seems to be about the right number actually. We don't have waiting lists of people wanting to come round but nor do we have empty rooms, so we think that's the right level."

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The charity prides itself on a number of aspects of care, including support clients to get:

  • a safe supportive environment
  • shared housing with up to four people per house
  • their own bedroom and use of communal facilities
  • developing essential life skills
  • identifying and developing options for the future
  • accessing education, training and employment
  • accessing permanent housing
  • returning to independent living
  • They help around 60 clients each year in Salisbury alone, working alongside other charities like Alabare and the Trussell Trust.

There's much more information on what the Salisbury Trust for the Homeless does on their website at www.stfh.org.uk or you can call them on 01722 338510 or 07940 834915.

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