Lucy was pleased to visit The Limes homeless shelter. The Limes is part of the nationwide charity Chapter 1 and provides support and accommodation to 26 young men. People at The Limes usually stay for a period of two years and the work done by the manager Pauline Gaye and her staff has helped to provide a temporary residence for those who are often scattered around the city.
Lucy met with the staff to discuss issues they have had with benefit sanctions being placed on some of the people they work with. Their residents are finding it hard to attend appointments at the same centre every week and are not able to contribute as much to The Limes anymore because of their reduced benefits.
"I visited the project and was really impressed by the innovative way which they approach issues and are geared towards making lasting changes to homeless people’s lives through job clubs, tenancy training and a variety of other support."
"Pauline had some very simple solutions to the problems that she has identified and I have written to the Secretary of State about them."
" I’m sure that there is a real opportunity for the Government to use the skills and resources of centres like this to make sure that people are actively seeking work and I hope that there is a real will to work together to make this happen."