Monday, 10 March 2014

Lib Dems Win Award For Their Work With The Homeless

Cambridge City Council Leader, Tim Bick receives
the award from Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg at
the Lib Dem conference
Cambridge Liberal Democrats’ work with the homeless on the city’s streets has won them an award.

The group, which leads Cambridge City Council, was presented with the Leader’s Award at the Lib Dem Spring Conference in York at the weekend for the emphasis it puts into rehabilitating the homeless, many of whom are suffering addictions and/or mental health problems.

City Council Leader, Tim Bick received the Leader’s Award for putting Liberal values into practice from Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem Leader, Nick Clegg.

He said: “We try to offer change in people's lives. The city council funds and orchestrates many partners to shelter, house and enrol individuals in detox and other treatment programmes, as well as in education and training.

“We support the police in tackling instances of Illegal behaviour on the streets but we oppose generalised solutions which would stereotype people by how they look and could impact entirely innocent people. Our thrust is to help individuals turn their lives round: the only long term solution, since so many have so little to lose anyway."

The Lib Dems included in their submission for the award the opening of the new adult training foyer to help single homeless people run in conjunction with the Cambridge Housing Association at The Springs.

Twenty four people are provided with specialist training to help them get back into work as a condition of their tenancies.

Cambridge City Executive Councillor for Housing, Catherine Smart said: “It was great to be at The Springs for the formal opening last week and see how people are getting help through the single homelessness service.

“This is the first adult training foyer of its kind in the country and it will offer single homeless people the chance to get the training they need to compete in the job market.”