Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022

Two London buses have been recycled to provide support for hard sleepers in the capital.

More than 3,000 people a year sleep hard in the capital, and the non-profit organization, Change Please, wants to change this.

Their project will offer free GPs, haircuts, dental care and digital and financial literacy training for the homeless.

It will also help them open a bank account.

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Camel Ezel, founder of Change Please, told Sky News: “We believe in sustainable ways to end homelessness and Driving For Change will enable the most vulnerable people to access vital services that can guide and support them. in changing their lives for a long time.

“We hope to take the project nationwide and then internationally to achieve maximum impact – discussions around Paris and Los Angeles have already begun.

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“We are now entering the cold months when you see the most deaths out on the streets, so we really need to try to find people who work with local partners and local charities so we can get to people as quickly as possible. possible. “

The bus has a dental area fitted in its interior
The bus has a dental area fitted in its interior

The buses run six days a week over the next two years, with each bus supporting at least six people a day and costing £ 22,000 a month to run.

Rough sleepers will be able to send a text requesting a bus to get to them so they can access health care.

NHS England also provides some funding to GPs one day a week as part of a pilot.

It is hoped that the buses will be able to start offering coronavirus vaccinations from the beginning of 2022.

Change Please works with the Community Dental Services CIC to ensure that homeless people can access oral health care.

Lorraine Mattis, CIC Director of Community Dental Services, tells Sky News: “We are pleased to be part of the Driving For Change initiative, which brings much-needed oral hygiene directly to the homeless, building on our experience in mobile dental care and support. oral hygiene in vulnerable persons.

“It’s great to see social enterprises working together in an innovative way like this to directly address social needs.”

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