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23 October 2019

Supporting society’s most vulnerable

We got out in the community for World Homeless Day 2019.

For World Homeless Day on Thursday 10 October, we raised awareness about the problems faced by many of the customers at our Homeless Prevention Service.

As a commissioned service tasked with working with families, couples and individuals who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, we wanted to recognise this day and highlight the issue of homelessness in Nottingham.

We decided that the best way to do this was to offer our services for the night at Tracey’s Kitchen, a mobile provision run by Tracey Dickinson, who at the age of 14 found herself homeless.

In 2016, Tracey’s Kitchen was born and is open every Friday night in Nottingham’s City Centre, providing a hot meal, a hot drink and someone to talk to.

An army of volunteers who support the project and Roger, Donna, and Kim from our Homeless Prevention Service joined Tracey for the night to help. They spent their time serving hot food, along with fruit, crisps and pastries donated by local outlets. Pelham Kitchen also contributed by providing them with a tray of homemade flapjacks to distribute.

As well as helping on the night, Donna put out an appeal for donations of clothing, sleeping bags and duvets to NCHA employees and they didn't let her down. 

As a result, the team helping out on the night decided that the warmer clothes donated would be taken with them and the remainder donated to Sharewear, a service that supports low income families and individuals.

Overall, it was an extremely positive and humbling experience and one that will stay with the team for some time to come.