Pedal power boost to fight homelessness in Sheffield
Framework’s Street Outreach team will be covering more of the city thanks to the donations of a pair of bikes from Sheffield’s Norfolk Row branch.
The outreach service launched in June to engage rough sleepers in the city and help them into temporary accommodation until they get back on their feet and find a permanent home. The new bikes will help the team get around the city quicker and cover more ground.
Sam Lloyd, Outreach Team Manager, explained: “Sheffield is a very big city and we only have a limited time to get to the people we want to help. Whilst we do drive to sites further afield, there are areas of the city that are far better explored on two wheels.
“These two bikes will prove to be a vital tool in our work with rough sleepers, primarily because they will allow us to have more face-to-face time with them. I would like to thank everyone at the Norfolk Row branch for their support.”
Brendan O’Connor, Cluster Manager in Sheffield, added: “Homelessness is an issue very close to our hearts, which is why we have done so much in recent years to help local organisations like the Archer Project. When we learned about the fantastic work of Framework’s Street Outreach Team, and the life-changing support it was bringing to homeless people, we wanted to do something to help. When Framework told us of their desire for bicycles we were only too happy to oblige.”
The bicycles were purchased from Nottingham-based social enterprise The Bike Club, which teaches cycle repair skills to vulnerable and excluded people.
To make a cash donation to support Framework’s work this winter, pop into your local branch.