A charity that helps people sleeping rough in Nottingham is stepping up its outreach work with the help of the city’s tram network.
Framework’s Street Outreach Team, tasked with helping homeless people off the streets, have now been given free travel passes for the tram – helping them to work more efficiently and to help more people in need.
Homelessness is a growing problem across the UK, and Framework delivers a range of services aimed at helping people to find accommodation and support them in facing the reasons they’ve become homeless, which can often be complex.
Chris Williams, who oversees social responsibility for NET operators Keolis, explained: “The tram is at the heart of Nottingham’s transport network and plays an important role in the lives of many people across the city.
“It connects many key locations, including the city centre and other transport hubs, and so it offers the ideal mode of transport for outreach workers as they reach out to those forced to sleep on the streets.
“We’re committed to doing all we can to help the communities we serve, and by supporting Framework we have the opportunity to help some of the most vulnerable people in our city.”
Framework’s Street Outreach Team provides help and advice to get them off the street as quickly as possible. It also works alongside a specialist nurse, who can bring hospital style treatment to people living on the streets, and resettlement workers who help formerly homeless people to make the difficult adjustment into their own accommodation. In total more than a dozen staff are now using the tram.
Framework Outreach Manager Jason Marriott said: “This is a remarkably generous gesture from NET – one that is making a real difference to the lives of homeless people in the city.
“By using the tram network we can get to more people in several vital locations where many rough sleepers may need our help. We save time because we don’t have to worry about parking, and we also save a great deal of money – money that we can put to more effective use elsewhere in the service.”