Lord Mayor of Leeds relaunches homeless voucher scheme


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Members of the public can buy a booklet of 5 vouchers for £5 from Leeds City Libraries, St George’s Crypt cafes, shops and main centre, the Civic Hall and Merrion House when it re-opens.

These vouchers can be given to people on the streets instead of money as a signposting document. The vouchers are double sided with all the services provided on one side and a map to the Crypt on the other. The Crypt will then work to support individuals on the path of recovery, back into stable tenancies, in partnership with local statutory agencies and other third sector organisations.

‘We try and stop the revolving door.’ Says CEO Chris Fields. ‘One of the most challenging issues we face is simply letting the public know that there’s this service, that we have the capability in Leeds to help train and develop some of the hardest to reach.

The voucher scheme is a brilliant way to both engage the public and bring in people that the net may have missed.’

Cllr. Jane Dowson, Lord Mayor of Leeds, says: ‘These vouchers are worth so much more than money alone to a homeless person, they offer a lifeline. The money from the voucher purchase goes directly towards the services St. George's Crypt offer of hot food, emergency accommodation, activities, training, health and wellbeing services and much more besides.’