Helping hand for the homeless in St Helens

Students from the health and social care course, who took part in the Teardrops' rough sleeper initiative
Students from the health and social care course, who took part in the Teardrops' rough sleeper initiative
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Students have teamed up with a homeless charity to help those who find themselves living on the streets in St Helens.


Health and social care students at St Helens College are working with Teardrops to create rough sleeper packs for the town's homeless.

The bags, which include sandwiches and a note for every rough sleeper, will be distributed as part of the charity's outreach programme.

Representatives from the charity have shared their experiences with students, highlighting issues impacting the homeless across St Helens, while sharing case studies they’ve come across close to home.

Joanne Caley Arnold, the college's health and social care leader, said: "We were delighted when the Teardrops charity contacted our placement officers, who kindly organised this with our students.

"It will help the students understand the severity of homelessness and its existence in today’s society. These are experiences the students can take with them.”

Shauni Ward, founder of Teardrops Charity, added: “It’s been a delight to come in today and work with the students at St Helens College.

"The aim of the session was to break down the stigma and barriers surrounding homelessness, something which we are constantly faced with at the charity.

"This will be a real contribution, seeing each student feed a rough sleeper.”