PCAN Preston Christian Action Network

Homelessness Ministries

Although the number of persistently street homeless in Preston is relatively small they are a visible reminder that there are people in desperate circumstances among the people of our city. However, rough sleeping is just the tip of a large iceberg, there are many many more, and probably an increasing number, of people who are in vulnerable, insecure or inadequate housing or who have repeated episodes where they do not know where they will be able to sleep that night. The Christian community has a long and honourable record of seeking to address these issues and has established many projects in the area. Most of these now work in collaboration with each other and with other secular voluntary and statutory agencies through the Preston Homeless Forum. For more detailed information about the homelessness situation and services in Preston please consult their website http://www.homelessinpreston.org.uk

  Fox Street and associated work   http://www.foxstreet.org/ We provide all year round supported accommodation for 20 adult men in our premises in the centre of the City of Preston.

 Foxton Centre http://www.thefoxtoncentre.co.uk/Foxton_Centre/Home.html The Foxton Centre is a Christian-based organisation working with and for individuals, groups and organisations of all faiths and of none. The Foxton Centre aims to respond to the needs of all members of the community of Avenham and Central Preston by: Offering opportunities for spiritual, social, emotional and physical fulfilment, fostering community spirit and becoming a natural focal point for community activity.

 The Salvation Army http://sapreston.synthasite.com/helping-homeless-people.php  respond as we are able to help people who are roofless or destitute. We can offer showers and  laundry facilities by arrangement. We are usually able to provide a change of clothing through our charity shop, and subject to availability, bedding for people who are forced into sleeping rough.

 Freedom Centre (@ St Wilfrids RC church hall   Tuesday evening)  http://www.luvpreston.com/projects.html   Just 4U is a project which is run from inner-City Preston each week. It began over four years ago, when a team of people from the freedomcentre began to help a local soup kitchen on Monday nights. Now it has grown and developed into the Just 4U project. It works with people who are homeless, or of limited means. Each week people from all backgrounds are welcomed to Just 4U. They are all offered a meal, shelter and friendship. The aim is to provide food, clothes and anything else (even sleeping bags for those who want to sleep outside!) to those who need it.

 Emmaus http://www.emmaus.org.uk/preston

The Emmaus Movement was started in France in the 1940s, founded by a priest, MP and hero of the Resistance, known as Abbe Pierre. Appalled by the poverty and homelessness that he saw around him that he opened his own home to 18 homeless men. These men supported themselves by refurbishing other people¹s rubbish, and became known as the rag pickers of Emmaus. Gradually new communities were established in France and around the world. The first UK community was set up in Cambridge in 1992.

 Sleap Project in Leyland  http://www.sleap.co.uk/ The Project was set up in the autumn of 1992 as the Leyland Churches Homeless Project to provide emergency accomodation by Host Families for homeless young people

 Caritas.. Ace Project     http://www.caritascare.org.uk/community/ace/ ACE provides men, in the lead up to their discharge from prison, with support and advice through a specific program we have developed – this may include something as simple as meeting the man at the prison gate and enabling him to keep his first appointment with his probation officer. It may give assistance with accommodation, a real stumbling block for many, access to training, help towards getting into work, and opportunities to improve life skills, as well as providing other community support according to individual needs. 


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