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Commissioner Hears Homeless Concerns

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall heard from homeless people, volunteers and counsellors at Carlisle Key, about their concerns and how the Covid19 Recovery fund helped to support young people during the pandemic.

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall comments: “I was taken on virtual tour that showcased the newly renovated drop-in space where young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, can now receive face to face counselling, as supported by our Covid19 Recovery fund. Supporting vulnerable people is one of my key priorities and counselling services such as these, are vital.

“One young person recently told Carlisle Key that if it wasn’t for this service, she would not be here anymore. We must all work together and do everything we can to help support people most in need in our communities.

“Our charities, voluntary and local groups have carried out a significant amount of valuable work in Cumbria over the last 12 months, to ensure that those people who needed help were supported. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have worked selflessly to support our communities.

Iain McNee, Operations Manager at Carlisle Key comments: “Our counselling sessions provide a valuable service to our young people, many of whom have been struggling with the restrictions placed on them by the current pandemic guidelines.

The counselling provides young people with the tools they need to build up their resilience and confidence, giving them a better opportunity to recover from homelessness and help reduce offending. Receiving this grant enabled us to adapt our premises and continue to support young people during the 3rd lockdown.

Young people’s mental health support is vital as they move forwards towards independence, and it’s really important that as a community, we rally around our young people and support them through any challenges that they may face. The staff here at Carlisle Key are there for those challenges and will help in any way we possibly can, please get in touch with us through our website

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