Town Forum puts focus on homelessness

Representatives from Winchester’s three main homelessness charities - Trinity Winchester, Winchester Churches Nightshelter, and Emmaus Hampshire - will be addressing members of the Winchester Town Forum next month.

The meeting on Wednesday 28th October will give the charities a chance to highlight the work they do and explain the issues that surround homelessness in and around the town centre.

The presentations will be followed by a question and answer session. Those in attendance, including City Councillors and officers from Winchester City Council, will have the opportunity to learn more about the charities’ work and find out how they can get involved.

Members of the public are also encouraged to attend. Due to the limited number of spaces available, those wishing to attend should register with Colin Veal on 01962 848 438 or

Cllr James Maynard, who sits on the Town Forum committee, said: "These three charities perform wonderful work in Winchester. We want to put them in the spotlight and give them the opportunity to explain the role they play. I hope this exposure will help to highlight how important these charities are and inspire more people to become actively involved in the work they do. More importantly, I hope it will provide an insight into the wider causes of homelessness and offer ideas on how to deal with the issue in the long term"

The meeting is being facilitated by Winchester Town Forum and will take place at Bradbury House, Durngate Place, Winchester SO23 8DX  at 7.00pm on Wednesday 28 October 2009. Individual housing cases will not be discussed at the meeting.