Animal welfare crisis looms as Plymouth lockdown eases

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth animal charity is bracing itself for an unwanted pet crisis as lockdown restrictions ease this month.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust has seen the number of animals in its care climb from 145 to 190 since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Now the Sanctuary, at Elfordleigh, on the edge of Plympton, fears it will struggle to cope in the coming weeks and months, as lockdown eases...

Thousands of meals donated by Plymouth Tesco shoppers this Christmas

Authored by Sarah Parker

Thousands of meals have been donated to food banks and groups feeding people, thanks to the generosity of Tesco’s Plymouth shoppers, figures released today reveal.

Plymouth shoppers donated 14,062 meals as part of the overall total of 2.5 million meals donated to charities the Trussell Trust and FareShare by shoppers during last month’s Tesco Food Collection, with Tesco topping up...

Wyatt Brothers’ Christmas gift to Shekinah is a welcome boost for rough sleepers

Authored by Mary

Rough sleepers in Plymouth will be getting some hot food and Christmas treats from city charity Shekinah over the festive period, with the help of a donation from local family firm, Wyatt Brothers Independent Funeral Directors.

The cheque for £250, which is part of ongoing sponsorship by the Stonehouse-based firm, comes as the number of people sleeping rough and in insecure...

RICS pledges to help end youth homelessness in SW

Authored by News Desk

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a campaign with property industry charity LandAid* to raise over £2 million in the biggest ever fundraising campaign for the charity. The funds will contribute to ending youth homelessness across the South West and will provide secure and affordable bed spaces in the region.

As part of RICS’ 150th anniversary in 2018, the...

Construction firms urged to help SW back in to work and tackle industry skills crisis

Authored by Mary

The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is calling on construction firms in the South West to help tackle the skills shortage in the industry by helping some of their community’s most vulnerable people get back into work.

It has been predicted that the UK construction industry will create around 190,000 new jobs by the end of 2018 but there is a growing fear that there will...

The Homeless Period Project Plymouth

Authored by SophieMarsh99

Most women think of their period as the dreaded time of the month... Well, imagine being homeless and having your period without having access to sanitary items and proper hygiene, forcing you to just go without, with no other option but to use toilet paper, pieces of clothing or anything else absorbent that you can get there hands on.

If these women don't have access to proper...

Skipton Support for Homemaker

Authored by News Desk

Skipton building Society’s Charitable Foundation has donated £628 to Homemaker Limited.

The aim of the Homemaker charity is to prevent homelessness in the Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset area. The services provide are usually aimed at people who are at a high risk of becoming homeless and are in financial distress and therefore offers money advice, budgeting, debt advice, advocacy...

Over 2,600 children in SW to wake up homeless this Christmas

Authored by News Desk

Shelter is today launching an urgent appeal after a new investigation conducted by the charity uncovered the harrowing impact of homelessness on families and children in Britain.

Over 2,600 children in the South West face spending this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, the highest level recorded since 2009, new analysis of government figures shows.


Council helps Plymouth's homeless

Authored by Mary

A number of new homes are to be used in Plymouth to provide move on housing for people who are currently homeless or vulnerably housed.

Plymouth City Council is working with BCHA to acquire up to ten properties in the city to be used for temporary accommodation.

They have already invested £30,000 on two properties and there are plans to invest a further £200,000 at other sites...

Getting crafty for canines at Christmas

Authored by Mary

Dogs Trust Ilfracombe has been getting crafty to help their homeless hounds feel as at home as possible this festive season, as staff prepare for what is expected to be another busy Christmas.

A local volunteer named Michelle Hindes, who makes bespoke embroidered bandanas for the dogs, has created festive decorations and personalised an array of Christmas stockings for some of the...


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