Published on 2nd June 2020

Funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is set to support the homeless community in Widnes and Runcorn.

PCC David Keane has awarded one of his Safer Communities Fund Express Grants to Nightstop Communities North West (NCNW) who are supporting homeless people in Halton through the Coronavirus pandemic.

The £997 grant will allow the community interest company to purchase food parcels, cleaning products and furniture packages for those living in its accommodation as well as face masks and gloves.

It comes as the organisation has seen an increase in demand since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

PCC David Keane said: “The coronavirus pandemic is having a profound effect on everyone in our society. That’s why I established this emergency fund to support those organisations and community groups that are helping our communities get through this crisis.

“Nightstop Communities North West do an incredible job ensuring homeless people in the area have access to safe accommodation and essential supplies.

“This funding will allow them to put in place a number of measures to improve the safety of those being supported at the hostel.”

Tracey Tilson, operational manager at NCNW, said: “This funding will allow us to alleviate the pressures and allow us to assist our community to rise up and help each other to overcome and adapt to the everlasting effects that COVID-19 will leave in our foot print.

“NCNW will continue to provide emergency accommodation and mental health support and strive to break the homelessness cycle by providing a full 360 degree wrap around service that not only accommodates those who are homeless, but provide a full suite of mental health services and family therapies/mediation as well as equipping them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to obtain and maintain their own tenancy to move on after COVID-19 settles and restrictions are lapsed.”