London buses fitted out to help homeless

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put to flight London buses Will provide a “one-stop” service offering financial advice to homeless people to help them get their haircuts, doctor’s appointments, showers and help them on the streets.

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Two buses have been renovated with the aim of providing direct assistance to over 3,000 people in the capital every year.

Non-profit company Change Please’s project will provide virtual GP consultations, haircuts, on-site dental care, showers, evaluations for therapy and help with opening a bank account and finding employment.

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It aims to remove the barriers that prevent people from taking to the streets and help them on their way to a stable job.

mayor of london Sadiq Khan Will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the Driving for Change project, and tour buses on the Thursday morning before World Homeless Day on Sunday.

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It is funded by proceeds from Change Please’s coffee business, which trains homeless people as baristas and provides support to help them find further employment.

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NHS England is also providing some funding for GP appointments one day a week as part of a pilot.

It is hoped that buses will be able to start offering coronavirus vaccinations as early as 2022.

Over the next two years the buses would run six days a week, each bus supporting a minimum of six people a day and costing £22,000 per month to run.

Rough sleepers will be able to send a text requesting to get on the bus so that they can access healthcare.

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Change Please plans to introduce a third bus in the coming months, which will provide mental health and counseling support.

Discussions are also taking place to expand buses to Manchester, Paris and the United States.

Chief executive Semal Ezel told the PA news agency that the project is a “world-first” aimed at “building trust, breaking down barriers and then getting people out of the homeless”.

Peckham, 37, from south-east London, a former city finance employee, said: “The long-term goal is really for someone to try to break down those barriers and then get out of homelessness in the long run.

“Many of the people we interact with on a daily basis tell us that when they walk through a shop window, they are too embarrassed to see their reflection in a shop window, Which happens hundreds of times a day if they are sleeping roughly.

“And by giving someone a haircut, a shower, a change of clothes, and then they leave with a Polaroid picture of themselves, hopefully they’ll start to remember the person they used to be and that person.” The image of what they used to be, which is the building block for us to rebuild their self-confidence and their self-confidence, to try again to bring that ultimate goal of theirs back into society and quitting long-term homelessness.

By bringing buses for obese sleepers sending messages for help, they hope to deal with health problems before they worsen.

Mr Ezel said: “Somebody sat there with a tumor, or a growth somewhere, or black toes, or a persistent cough, or a pain in their arm or something like that, and their level of confidence, self-esteem, self-esteem Maybe. Confidence, self-worth is so low that they really put it aside.”

Project sponsors include Colgate, HSBC UK and Mastercard UK and Ireland.

Maxine Pritchard, Head of Financial Inclusion and Vulnerability at HSBC UK, said: “Without a bank account, it is extremely difficult to claim benefits, rent housing or receive wages, which means people who are homeless are stuck in their current situation. can.

“Our no fixed address service aims to break this cycle by working with charities to provide access to a basic bank account without the need for ID or proof of address.

“We are happy to extend this service to those in need through the Change Please project.”

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