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Homeless collections continue for Community

20th February 2020

“Knowing organisations like Community are there really helps…”

Over the last few months Community has received a significant amount of donations for the union’s veteran homelessness campaign and staff throughout the regions have been busy delivering member homeless collections to local charities up and down the UK.

The union is not stopping here and is still looking to continue collecting and is urging members to help. Community’s Midlands region has decided to support the First Light Trust as part of the campaign.  The First Light Trust focus on supporting:

  • Any veteran from the armed forces including reservists
  • Anyone who served in the emergency services
  • Any serviceman or woman who is about to leave or is going through transition.

The trust operates coffee shops across the country where people can meet for social time and also donate to the cause.

Photo of homeless collections in the Midlands

Left to right: Veteran Lynne Gladwin, Jan Bownes, Tracy Field, Regional Secretary Gavin Miller.

Lynne Gladwin is a Support Co-ordinator at the trust in Hereford and is a veteran herself, she said of Community’s support, “This donation is gratefully received and the campaign is something I really do support. Working with the trust has shown me the growing problem of homelessness in my area and beyond – knowing organisations like Community are there really helps.”

Regional activist Jan Bownes who sits on the campaign steering group said:

“I am very proud of my region in terms of them getting together and supporting our campaign. I have been passionate about this for many years now and I know I have the support of my friends in the region.”

Photo of homeless collections in South Wales

Left to right: Alan Coombs, Adrian Morgan, James Mackechnie, Gary Keogh, Dorian Thomas, Wayne Thomas.

During the Port Talbot homeless collections in South Wales, Alan Coombs, National Executive Council member, said:

“Our union highlighted that there are over 6,000 men and women who served in the armed forces currently living on the street in the UK, when this plight was highlighted to the rest of the officials on site there was an urgent desire to do something about it.

“Collecting items of clothing, sleeping bags and duvets to keep them warm through the winter nights seemed the least we could do when you think about what these men and women sacrificed for our country. We will carry on supporting these people and raising the awareness of this issue, we are also looking forward to holding an event in the summer.

“It’s hard enough to fight the cold on your way to work but for those without a place to live, these conditions can become life threatening.”

Community is urging you to donate your old clothes etc. by handing them in to your branch secretary or regional office.

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