Carlisle City Council is asking local residents to donate their unwanted items such as towels, crockery and toiletries.
The council manages two homeless schemes - John Street (Caldewgate) and Water Street. Both are emergency temporary accommodation and residents often arrive with very few possessions or day to day necessities, with no money to buy them.
Cllr Anne Glendinning, Portfolio holder for Economy, Enterprise and Housing, said:
“Householders often take the chance to discard items which they no longer need or want. It might be because they have replaced items or have received gifts which they may not need. We urge residents to consider donating these items to our homeless schemes. Any donations will be passed on to residents who need them and will be gratefully received.”
The schemes are currently running very low on certain items and are asking for the following items to be donated:
- Soup Bowls
- Mugs/ Cups
- Pots and Pans
- Cooking Utensils
- Long life food such as tins, pasta etc.
- Frozen ready meals that can be given out in emergencies
Items can be dropped off direct at the schemes during normal office hours.
Carlisle City Council’s homeless prevention team can help anyone, at risk of, or experiencing homelessness. If you or someone you know requires advice and assistance in relation to their housing situation you can contact directly by using this link https://hpa2.org/refer/CARL.
For anyone that is homeless tonight or experiencing a housing emergency, advice is available from staff at the Civic Centre during normal office hours, Monday - Friday.
OUT OF HOURS: Please call us on 01228 817386 (women and families), 01228 817373 (single males) for assistance.
If you are aware of someone who is rough sleeping please contact us immediately to report this by any of the channels listed or via the Street Link website at https://www.streetlink.org.uk/