On Saturday 3 September, Alexandra House was open once more for a public presentation of the findings of Connections Week.
The results of the surveys were in, uploaded and analysed (with software donated by Tibco.) The Mayor of Croydon and new Housing Minister and Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell confirmed they would be attending the event.
All the volunteers from Connections Week and the street population of Croydon were also invited.
Speeches were given by the Mayor, who thanked all the volunteers who generously donated their time and effort to Connections Week. Gavin then spoke and said that the current state of homelessness in London was a ‘moral shame’ and went on to endorse the CR Zero 2020 campaign by stating,
“There are responsibilities on government, parliament and the council but it also needs that level of community engagement, it is also important to get processes right locally.”
The findings of the survey were truly shocking and prompted debate and stunned reactions from staff and guests alike.
Lee Buss, Director of Operations here at Evolve, informed guests of the next stage of the campaign- the forming of a community-led solutions group for a community problem- and Mark McPherson from Homeless Link chaired the session, which finished with a round of Q &A.
The first stage of the CR Zero 2020 campaign is now over. We would like to thank all the incredible individuals who volunteered for Connections Week for their dedication and enthusiasm. Thank you also to all our corporate funders who donated transport, refreshments and other gifts-in-kind. The response from the local community has been truly encouraging.
The first community-led solutions group meeting will occur on 4 October, please contact us for more details of how to get involved in ending chronic street homelessness in Croydon.
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