23rd March, 2010
View original Article on the Haringey Council website.
Rough sleepers in Haringey were offered a helping hand to tap into support services in the borough. The Access to Services event saw homeless people given a hot meal and offered advice on what help is available. Organisations including the Housing Service, the NHS, Haringey Citizens Advice Bureau, Thames Reach and Alcoholics Anonymous gave out information, and interpreters were on hand to help those unable to speak English. The event was organised by Haringey Council’s Neighbourhood Management team in partnership with the Highway of Holiness Church, Fountayne Road, Tottenham.
Highway of Holiness church provides a homeless shelter service throughout the year, runs outreach clinics and drop-in centres and strives to cater for the needs of local people who are struggling. The church has also seen a recent rise in demand for help from members of Tottenham’s Polish community, many of whom lost their jobs in the recession.
Cllr Kaushika Amin, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion and Involvement, said “I’m so impressed by the efforts that the Highway of Holiness has gone to in order to reach out to those in need. It’s clear that the church has become an invaluable source of support for many people. We have a responsibility to do what we can to care for vulnerable people, and I hope that the advice offered at the event will have been of use.”
Rev Alex Gyasi of the Highway of Holiness church said “The event made a positive impact on the homeless people and I hope that the church and Haringey Council will continue to work together to improve the life chances of the vulnerable in our community.”