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6 December 2018

South West Londoner visited partner church St Michael's Church Southfields while they hosted a night shelter. They interviewed both Abiola Dada, night shelter manager at Glass Door and Liz Burrell, volunteer coordinator and head of social action at St Michael's.

Volunteers were filmed working together to cook a meal and provide a warm welcome to guest arriving later that night. 

Night shelter manager Abiola said:

Just acknowledging that homeless people are human beings would go a long way.

Volunteers at St Michael's, cooking the evening meal

Full article available: South West London community action

Rise in Homelessness

In a separate article published 30 November, South West Londoner quotes Chief Operating Officer Lucy Abraham after a report from Shelter showed that one in 29 people in Kensington and Chelsea is homeless. She says: 

The numbers are shocking, but behind the numbers are thousands of individuals – each with their own story.

The story continues to show how communities come together to help alleviate homelessness, giving up to 130 men and women access to food and shelter every night.

Full article available: South West London community action and reports on homelessness rising

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