Spring Festival Supporting Homeless

THE organisers of Liverpool Food, Drink and Lifestyle Spring Festival announced today that they would be supporting the city’s Whitechapel Homeless Centre, a charity that provides solutions to housing and homelessness across the Liverpool region. The Whitechapel Homeless Centre which will be the festival’s chosen charity partner for this coming April’s event in Sefton Park, has recently championed the high-profile No Second Night Out campaign, which aims to raise awareness about rough sleeping and has committed that no individual arriving on the streets of Liverpool for the first time, will sleep out for more than one night. The Centre, which is located on Langsdale Street, off Shaw Street Everton, operates as an enablement hub, offering breakfast and washing facilities for the city’s homeless and distributing donated clothing, toiletries and food. While in the centre, service users are able to receive mental health and substance misuse support, access medical care and meet with the charity’s housing and welfare rights advisor, as well as engage in activity sessions, designed to build confidence, self-esteem, develop skills and independence. The Whitechapel Homeless Centre has recently opened a flagship charity shop on Allerton Road where donated items which aren’t directly of use to service users are sold to raise funds – these include clothing, books and household goods. The charity will have a pop-up shop at the Spring festival, which runs during the weekend of April 23rd and 24th, where they will be fundraising and selling quality clothes and handbags that have been donated to their Allerton Road shop. They will also be looking for volunteers who would be prepared to give some of their spare time to help with initiatives around the city. Festival visitors are being asked to donate items to the charity, which they can bring to Sefton Park during the event weekend, and drop off at the charity’s collection point located near the main entrance – items can include non-perishable food, unopened toiletries, clothing for service users including tracksuits, trainers and waterproofs, general clothing in new or excellent condition and new unused boxer shorts and socks. Talking about the new partnership between the Whitechapel Homeless Centre and the Liverpool Food, Drink and Lifestyle Spring Festival, Ruth McCaughley, Fundraising Manager for the charity said: “We are delighted to be working with the festival team and that they chose to support The Whitechapel Centre. It’s massively important not only for us to fundraise but to also make people aware of the serious challenges facing people with housing and homelessness issues – a large scale event like the Spring festival means that we can reach out to a massive audience during the festival weekend.” Denise Harris, Festival Director added: “ We’d really encourage festival visitors to help the charity, either by making a donation of products, time or money – or by bringing items to Sefton Park during the Spring festival – it’s so important that we support city initiatives such as The Whitechapel Centre, who are genuinely making a difference to people’s lives in our city.” More information about The Whitechapel Homeless Centre can be found at www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk

Tickets for the festival and more information on items which can be donated to the charity during festival weekend in Sefton Park can be found at www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk