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Homeless people in Chelmsford are now able to access a one-stop hub providing free food and drink, health checks, addiction and mental health rehabilitation, housing and training to get back into work.
Since 2011, Sanctus has been operating a free café for the homeless of Chelmsford, providing breakfast, hot and cold drinks, snacks and homemade meals.
Now, the charity has evolved to provide accommodation, support, advice and training from the newly opened Sanctus Support Hub, in Broomfield Road.
With about 85 people per day using the café, it was seen as a much-needed next step to not only ensure they were fed, but to help them to take the steps onto a brighter future.
The Hub brings support agencies together to offer a space to engage with the homeless and vulnerable, to support them in their recovery to overcome mental health and addiction issues, restore self-confidence and achieving living and community skills, independence and new homes, employment and independence.
Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, contributed £12,000 to Sanctus Support Hub from the 2019/2020 Community Safety Development Fund.