We Are Humans charity in Bournemouth are aiming to tackle homelessness in the town this winter, providing shelter for those in need.
The charity has handed out 40 shelters of all different kinds since their inception in 2020. The pods resemble small, lightweight tents, however trustee Andy Talbot said they keep you “10-15 degrees warmer” than your average equipment, a life-saver given the recent cold spike.
The charity also specialise in providing food and other essentials. Their warehouse, based in Boscombe, collects food from local supermarkets, and volunteers assess these products to make sure they meet food safety standards. These products are then givben out to families and residents living with financial hardships.
In addition, they run a stall at the weekend in Bournemouth Town Centre, offering hot meals to members of the public.
Buzz News spoke to BCP Councillor Simon Ball.
The location was selected by the Prince of Wales as one of the flagship area to end homelessness last year.
According to the charity Shelter, BCP has the fifth highest homelessness rate in the South West.
As cold weather sweeps across the country, community volunteer Daniel Parkin urges anyone to give as much support to the homeless as possible.