Support for Homeless During Covid Gets National Attention


Somerset West and Taunton Leader, Councillor Federica Smith-Roberts, spoke to the Local Government Association about the incredible work Somerset West & Taunton Council are doing to support the homeless during the Covid crisis as national coverage continues to grow.

Federca said ''Yesterday [29/06] I had the privilege to talk to Sky News about the fantastic work that Somerset West and Taunton, its partners YMCA Dulverton Group, supported by fantastic organisations such as The Salvation Army, Taunton Open Door, Refugee Aid From Taunton (RAFT) and many others have done to change lives for the most vulnerable in the community. I have championed this initiative as it’s not just about a roof over a head, it’s the creation of a community providing welfare, health and addiction support and it is truly saving and turning lives around.''
The hostel is a former student accommodation site currently not in use but has become a catalyst with the Council and other organisations working together, and is already seeing some significant change in behaviour from reduction in drug dependency to increased mental health support. The site also provides access to social space, open countryside, food, and regular activities.
The effort made has recieved national coverage from the likes of the BBC, ITV and Sky News (see the article below). 
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Federica concluded, ''I got into politics to make a difference and this, along with RAFT, is one of my greatest achievements.''

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