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Rotary donation to homeless charity helps people get off the streets

PUBLISHED: 12:06 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 04 May 2018

Diss and District Rotary Club President, Clive Sinfield with Solo Housing resident John. Picture: Solo Housing

Diss and District Rotary Club President, Clive Sinfield with Solo Housing resident John. Picture: Solo Housing

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A rotary club has donated hundreds of pounds to help a homelessness charity get people back on their feet in supported accommodation.

The Diss and District Rotary Club has supplied essential move-on packs to Solo Housing which are filled with the basic essentials anyone might need when setting up a home such as toasters, kettles and cutlery.

Solo Housing in St Nicholas Street works to help single people in the rural community find somewhere to live and has a hundred bed spaces available to people in need.

Chief executive Carolyn Howell said: “Single people approach Solo for accommodation for a number of reasons, they may be suffering long term ill health or disability including poor mental health, struggling with substance misuse or in recovery or have a history of offending or living in care.

“Other reasons include suffering loss of employment and mental breakdown, leaving the armed forces with nowhere to go or may family breakdowns and bereavement.

“Each resident gets a dedicated support worker to help them access the services they need such as health, training, education, counselling and advice or help to access employment.”

On average someone stays with Solo Housing for around 18 months and the £250 donated by the Rotary Club provides the necessary resources to get them back on their feet.

Someone who will be benefiting from the donation is John who came to Solo after living on the streets of Norwich for three months.

While living in the hostel he gained new skills to help him live independently and the Rotary club’s move-on donation will prove invaluable to him.

He said: “Moving accommodation can be very difficult if you are on a fixed budget, so I really appreciate the help given by the Rotary Club in providing essential household items.”

The president of the Rotary Club presented John with his move-on package and said: “The provision of move-on packs to people supported by Solo, like John, fits well with our current worldwide statement: ‘Rotary - Making a Difference’.

“We would like to take this opportunity of wishing John every good fortune in the future and assuring Solo Housing of our continued support of their excellent local service to the homeless.”

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