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Homeless organisations come together

Show of community spirit as groups and volunteers share ideas on how to help the vulnerable in 2020

17 January, 2020 — By Sam Ferguson

Homeless organisations at Tuesday’s meeting

HOMELESS organisations from all over north London joined volunteers to share ideas on how to help the vulnerable in 2020.

Around 60 people gathered at the Vibast Community Centre in Old Street, Islington, on Tuesday night in an inspirational show of community spirit.

Leading the event were Matt and Jess Turtle from the Museum of Homelessness, along with Streets Kitchen founder Jon Glackin.

Among other organisations at the brainstorming meeting were Refugee Community Kitchen, Labour Homeless Campaign, the Street Support Network, the Outside Project and Tricky Period.

“It just shows that there is that power in the community to come together,” said Mr Glackin. “That’s where the answer lies.”

Organisers encouraged open and honest questions and answers, with a view to fostering greater organisation and solidarity among the growing number of homeless outreach charities in north London.

Streets Kitchen confirmed it will have continued access to the Vibast Community Centre on Tuesdays, with plans to host a breakfast club and safe space very soon.


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