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Mansfield MP Makes Homelessness A Priority

27th July 2017
News, Mansfield

Since his election in June, Mansfield’s new MP Ben Bradley has been working with groups and organisations across the area to look in to problems with homelessness. Having agreed to support the Maun Valley Citizens’ Night shelter project during the campaign, and since met with them to reaffirm this commitment, he’s also this week been to visit Framework at their Sherwood Street site. He met with CEO Andrew Redfern as well as the Site Manager Michelle Hanson and the County Outreach Manager Collette Acton, to discuss the fantastic work they do and to get a deeper understanding of the problems.

During the visit Mr Bradley met with a resident at the Sherwood Street Accommodation who shared his story about how Framework had supported him to get off the streets, and he is now moving to live independently in Sutton. Mr Bradley said ‘‘Homelessness is an issue that many people have raised with me since my election and it’s something that is right at the top of my agenda. People are right when they say that in a country like ours nobody should have to sleep on the streets, that’s so true, but sometimes people’s circumstances lead them to end up doing just that. Framework do an amazing job not just at finding people a bed but in providing longer term stability, setting people up with skills, finance and then help in to employment. It’s amazing to hear the stories and I’m looking forward to going out on a patrol with the team here locally and getting involved.’’

‘‘I spoke to the Chief Exec this morning about the support and funding they get, and what they need to be able to continue to provide this amazing service. I will be working to ensure that they continue to get that support, and I hope the Government’s new Homelessness Prevention Scheme will also help to deal with some of the issues they raised.’’

On Facebook the Framework Communications team said ‘’Good to welcome Ben Bradley MP to Mansfield  today. We invited him along to our Sherwood Street accommodation service to learn more about our work with homeless people. We also updated him on the progress made by our county street outreach team, which is now working directly with rough sleepers in Mansfield and beyond.’’

 

Mr Bradley has also met this week with drug support charity Hetty’s, who work to support people affected by drug misuse and their families, as he looks to get to grips with the issues across the constituency.


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