A pair of converted double-decker London buses run around the streets of London this winter with an extremely honorable mission.
Instead of taking you to the pub and back – of course this is also a vital service – these two vehicles will be mobile care centers for the capital’s homeless, which currently number over 3,000 people.
Buses offering medical care, showers and haircuts as well as help finding accommodation are a new initiative from Change Please, which also has a coffee shop that trains homeless Londoners to baristas. Rough sleepers will have access to the bus services by texting them, and by 2022 it is hoped that the buses will also be able to deliver coronavirus vaccinations.
The bus project has the official backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and NHS England is providing doctors for the service. Change Please founder Cemal Ezel has said: ‘By giving someone a haircut, a shower, a change of clothes, and then they leave with a Polaroid picture of themselves, hopefully they start remembering the person they used to be and the image of the person they used to be, which for us is the building block left in them that rebuilds their self-confidence and their self-confidence, again to try to get the ultimate goal of being integrated back into society and leaving homelessness in the long term. ‘
He added: ‘Someone can sit there with a tumor or growth somewhere or a black toe or persistent cough or pain in the arm or the like and their confidence, self-esteem, self-esteem, self-esteem is so low that they actually just put it aside. ‘
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