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Homeless drop-in centre in Plymouth running 'desperately low' on vital supplies

A Plymouth drop-in centre which helps homeless and vulnerable people is running "desperately low" on food and drink and needs more volunteers in order to to survive.

Hope for the Homeless regularly supports up to 50 people per night at the Garage Cafe in Union Street.

But with winter approaching, the organisation fears for its future.

The Garage Cafe in Plymouth's Union Street helps up to 50 people each night. Credit: ITV News

We rely on donations from the public who have been amazing, but we are now desperately low on food, drinks, cups and containers. We have a walk-in fridge in need of repair which would make a vast difference. Cold weather means growing numbers of people needing us. We want our voluntary work to continue and need for it is high.

– Shirley Treloar, Hope for the Homeless
Volunteers hang donated clothes on railings for homeless people to take away. Credit: ITV News

Each evening volunteers hang clothes on railings for rough sleepers to help themselves, and they also give out meals and snacks.

The Garage Cafe relies entirely on donations and does not receive any official funding.

The Garage Cafe occupies a former restaurant building in Union Street. Credit: ITV News

We're feeding them, trying to keep them warm, but some of them don't have adequate clothing and struggle to get it. They just help themselves, they don't feel they're being criticised or told 'You shouldn't have this or you ought to have that'. They can just come and see what they want and take it. They lose things around town, it gets picked up and thrown away, so they come back for more.

– Shirley Treloar, Hope for the Homeless

To contact Hope for the Homeless or donate to their fundraising appeal, click here.

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