Harrogate Homeless Project to offer new' safe space' as numbers seeking help continue to grow during Covid

Harrogate Homeless Project’s work is to benefit from a  new £37,500 from the National Lottery’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund given to Wesley Centre as the numbers of people seeking help has grown during Covid.

By Graham Chalmers
Monday, 14th December 2020, 11:33 am
Boost for homelessness facilities - Liz Hancock, chief executive of Harrogate Homeless Project (left) with Pippa French of the Wesley Centre on the steps of the Wesley Centre.
Boost for homelessness facilities - Liz Hancock, chief executive of Harrogate Homeless Project (left) with Pippa French of the Wesley Centre on the steps of the Wesley Centre.

The Wesley Centre will be leasing the Lower Hall of its premises to the Harrogate Homeless Project so that the charity can safely provide care for all its clients at a social distance. Under the coronavirus rules, the Project’s ‘Springboard’ services next door to Wesley Centre are being severely limited.

The funding will allow new toilets to be installed in the Chapel so that all the Centre’s lower ground floor activities can move upstairs.

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The Lower Hall kitchen is also being refurbished in preparation for the provision of meals to people who are homeless or vulnerable in Harrogate.

Liz Hancock, chief executive of Harrogate Homeless Project said: “Our day centre premises at Springboard had become difficult to run – the numbers attending were growing and the space was not sufficient to provide the care and activities we wanted to.

"Now Covid19 restrictions have made things even more problematic. The Lower Hall at Wesley Centre will be ideal for us and matches and surpasses everything we were looking for.

"We are busy planning and implementing our move for early next year.”

Pippa French, manager of Wesley Centre said: “Covid-19 meant the closure of our building and many of our usual groups haven’t yet returned.

"Meanwhile, the Harrogate Homeless Project next door were unable to maintain their services at a safe distance because they didn’t have the space, so it made sense to provide them with it.

“Wesley Chapel was responsible for the founding of the Project nearly 30 years ago, so it’s fantastic that it can step in once again when there is a need.

"Thanks to the Lottery funding, we are going to be able to create two separate spaces so that we can continue to be a community hub, a performance space and a place of worship in the centre of town.

"Wesley Centre activities will continue in the Chapel space which will be available for hire in early 2021.”

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