Petition urges MP Andrew Turner to help the homeless after shelter closes

By Matt White

Thursday, March 3, 2016

 

Petition urges MP Andrew Turner to help the homeless after shelter closes

Andy and Ruth Davis who ran the Isle of Wight homeless shelter at Downside.Picture by Laura Holme.

THE night shelter for homeless people on the Isle of Wight has closed for good, prompting a petition calling for MP Andrew Turner to act.

The facility at Downside Community Centre shut on Monday morning, ahead of Barton Primary School's move to the site in September.

Despite the best efforts of volunteers, no alternative site has been found, leaving users forced to sleep on the streets.

A petition calling on Andrew Turner to raise the lack of provision for the homeless in Parliament, has already attracted more than 1,100 signatures.

Andy Davis, who ran the night shelter with his wife, Ruth, paid tribute to its volunteers.

He said: "They have been wonderful and without them we could not have done it.

"There are so many people to thank.

"It was sad to leave but we'll keep pursuing alternatives.

"We know how important the shelter is an we won't give up."

The petition also asks for Andrew Turner’s help finding a site for Trevor Blaney's Pop Up Soup Kitchen scheme, which provides free hot meals to homeless people and those in need.

However, the Isle of Wight County Press understands a site has now been found, with details set to be confirmed next week.

Find the petition at https://www.change.org/p/andrew-turner-mp-address-the-homeless-issue-on-the-isle-of-wight

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