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Conference looks to bring hope to homeless

Hope into Action, the Peterborough based homeless charity, brings churches and organisations across the country together in Peterborough for its fifth homeless conference.

Some 250 people from around the country are gathering in Peterborough to learn and discuss the homeless crisis and how churches can respond.

On Friday 22 March, experts on homelessness, church leaders, inspiration speakers and former homeless people from across the country will take part in the Hope into Action Homeless Conference to be held at Kingsgate Community Church.

People interested in helping the homeless will hear talks on all aspects of how the successful Hope into Action model on housing the homeless, started in Peterborough, can be rolled out across the country. The event will close with presenting awards to Hope into Action tenants who have refrained from drugs, alcohol, remained in work, not re offended or re-established links with family.

“Although we are based in Peterborough, where we have 17 homes, we have 65 homes run in partnership with local churches in 19 other cities. This conference gives us the opportunity to talk to people who want to help the homeless across England,” says Ed Walker, Executive Director of Hope into Action.

“Homelessness is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded people in our society. Although Government budgets are being squeezed, there remains a tremendous appetite by churches and their congregations to stand up and help the homeless.”

For more information about Hope into Action visit www.hopeintoaction.org.uk

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