Malvern Hills District Council is donating £5,000 towards a project which provides a direct access day centre for rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness.
Maggs Day Centre Malvern, which will be based at the Salvation Army Hall on Newtown Road in Malvern, will be open on two mornings each week to provide help and support to homeless and vulnerable people.
The centre will have a shower and laundry facilities, provide simple meals for breakfast and lunch, as well as offer services such as mental and physical health or life-skills.
Worcester-based charity, Maggs Day Centre, is raising money to fund the project which will cost £38,000 to recruit, train and employ staff for a 12-month trial.
The charity has been working with Malvern Cares, a recently-formed group of Malvern charities, residents and councillors, including the Malvern Hills Foodbank, Churches Together in Malvern, the Salvation Army and Lyttelton Well.
More than £18,500 has been raised so far and if sufficient funding is raised, the centre will aim to open in January.Cllr Natalie McVey, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health at Malvern Hills District Council, said:
"We are pleased to be donating funds towards the Maggs Day Centre Malvern. The centre will provide that much-needed service to vulnerable and homeless people, as well as those who are at risk of homelessness in the area. Not only will it offer meals and a place to shower but it will be a safe space offering sanctuary away from the street."Samantha Charles, speaking on behalf of Malvern Cares, said:
"The sight of rough sleepers on Malvern's streets and two deaths last year has heightened community concerns about homelessness. More than 100 people were frequent users of the Malvern Hills Foodbank last year and many of them are likely to benefit from the new centre."Mel Kirk, Chief Executive of Maggs Day Centre, said:
"Thank-you so much to Malvern Hills District Council for the funding, this puts us a significant step closer to achieving the target to begin recruiting for the 12-month trial of the project."
Visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MalvernCares to donate towards the start-up Maggs Day Centre Malvern