BORDERLINE, the charity for homeless Scots in London have employed the first ever outreach worker specifically working with homeless Scots in London.
Borderline, which is the only charity in London working only with homeless Scots, took this step after research, commissioned in 2012 by the charity, showed that a disproportionate number of Scots in London were sleeping rough. The research showed that 12 per cent of the UK homeless population of London are Scottish.
Following the findings, and discussions with The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, one of the biggest homelessness charities in London, a formal agreement was reached to work together to help some of the most needy and vulnerable homeless Scots in the city. The new outreach worker will be based at The Connection at St Martins, in Covent Garden. The two organisations will work together to provide the level of care and support needed, whilst understanding the particular problems that homeless Scots face.
Borderline operations manager, Shona Fleming said: “These figures are really startling. We were obviously aware of the homeless Scottish population in London and have been working with them for nearly 25 years but even we were surprised by the 12 per cent figure. Once we had the information, we knew we had to take action to get that figure down. The outreach worker will be a vital lifeline for these Scots in London.”
Borderline is the Charity for homeless and insecurely housed Scots in London.
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