Councillors walk to help the homeless

Joseph Bulmer

TORRIDGE, Bideford and Northam councillors put their best feet forward on Saturday morning to walk the Tarka Trail from Bideford to Instow and back to raise money and provisions for the homeless on Torridgeside.

Organised by Bideford East councillor Pauline Davies, the walkers included the leader of Torridge District Council Cllr Barry Parsons and the Mayor of Bideford Cllr Trevor Johns.

Members of the Barnstaple Poverty Action Group’s Torridge Rough Sleeper Outreach Project and the Harbour Centre charity, which provides support for those in need in the local community, were on hand to provide the support.

The Bideford Tesco store provided its support in the form of tinned food and pasta for the charities and bottled water for the walkers.

So far in 2011 the Torridge Rough Sleeper Project has helped 37 rough sleepers, provided accommodation for 29 people, handed out 69 food parcels and issued 100 travel warrants to enable people to attend interviews.

Torridge District Council has agreed to support and work with Barnstaple Poverty Action Group and its voluntary partners in a bid to secure further funding from the government for work with rough sleepers under the ‘No Second Night Out – Homelessness Transition Funding’ scheme.