Rough sleepers are still spending nights on the streets of our region despite efforts to get everyone into accommodation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Now an organisation which helps them is now facing its own crisis as fundraising has all but dried up. Leeds based charity Simon on the Streets says the outbreak has caused all its events to be cancelled at a time when increasing numbers of people are relying on its help. Staff are now appealing for donations and any hand santiser supplies.

The charity celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year and employs six outreach workers who provide emotional and practical support to the homeless and vulnerable throughout Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees.

The team is currently advising homeless people on the precautions they can take to reduce the risks of contracting Covid-19.

Unfortunately, if things don't improve soon, this could be our final year providing support to the homeless community and helping people get back on their feet when they often have nobody else to turn to.

Louise Lapish, Simon on the Streets
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