St. Petroc's Society benefits from Wheels 2018

Wadebridge Rotary presents a donation of £2000 to St. Petroc's Society

St Petroc’s Society comes to Wadebridge

“Let’s end street homelessness in Cornwall. It’s time to act.”

That was the message brought by Jackie Davis, fund raising co-ordinator for St Petroc’s Society last Thursday when she spoke to Wadebridge Rotary.

President Mick Goward was delighted to present £2,000 to Jackie. St Petroc’s is one of the main recipients of funds raised by Wheels, the classic car event, and in addition to this donation, another £800 went directly to them from the vehicle exhibitors through a Localgiving website.

Jackie told assembled members of the services offered by the Society, including the “cold weather provision” which offers emergency shelter for those on the streets and operates from mid-December to mid-February each year. Staff ensure that the service is available all through the night so that no one will perish from cold. Planning is underway for this winter.

St Petroc’s also provides resettlement services, counselling, and assertive street outreach to get rough sleepers off the streets. It carries out the annual audit of rough sleepers in Cornwall and found 99 in the snapshot on 17th November 2017, an alarming rise over the number the previous year.

The Society operates a residential service with 82 bedrooms in 12 locations across the county. In 2017, 151 people accessed this service, of which 120 presented with mental health problems, demonstrating that homeless people are rarely “just homeless”; they very often find it overwhelming to cope with a tenancy and managing their money and other aspects of life most of us take for granted.

Rotary members went home with bright yellow goodie bags of St Petroc’s information, so if you see an increase in yellow shopping bags being carried in Wadebridge shops over the next few weeks, you’ll know where they came from.