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Posted on Monday 21 November 2016 by Shelter NI

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 Photo L-R - Laura Ringland Belfast 89FM, Chris Hughes Belfast 89FM, Robin Scott Belfast 89FM;
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston; Ânia Gonçalves, Shelter NI Administrative Officer; John Fleming The Bakery’s owner


On Sunday, 18th December The Bakery, situated at 52 Howard Street in the heart of Belfast, will open from 10.30am – 3.30pm to celebrate Christmas and to support Shelter NI for the fourth year.

On your way to work why not pop in to grab a nice hot drink or try one of their delicious snacks such as: sausage rolls, mince pies, shortbread and other pastry. For people doing their Christmas shopping, come down, relax and enjoy a nice warm bowl of soup with a superb fresh piece of wheaten bread. Where you would normally pay for your selection, you can walk away with no charge or you can choose to support the work of Shelter NI by giving a donation.

This year Belfast89 FM will be joining Shelter NI and The Bakery to support this great initiative throughout the day with some special interviews and visits to The Bakery. 

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said: “Homelessness is a very real issue in our city and across Northern Ireland and it is vital that homeless services have the capacity to reach out and be responsive to the needs of those who, for a variety of reasons and circumstances, need help and support. I commend The Bakery in hosting this event in supporting the great work of Shelter NI.”

Shelter NI is a local charity, formed in 1980. Shelter NI campaigns for an end to long term homelessness and poor housing conditions. We also provide direct support services through our GABLE and SLATE projects which receive funding from the Supporting People programme.

Official figures for 2015/16 show the highest numbers of households ever in N.I. qualified for the full homeless duty (11,202), beating the record number set in the previous year. From the turn of the century, levels of homelessness in Northern Ireland have doubled and comparatively with England, Scotland and Wales, Northern Ireland is the highest.  

“We can no longer ignore the scale of homelessness in NI. Thousands of families and children continue to be denied their right to have a home of their own and are living in a hostel or other temporary accommodation often for long periods. Justice demands an end to long term homelessness, we all have a responsibility to act now.” said Tony McQuillan, Director of Shelter NI.

Shelter NI is not core funded from the public purse. It depends entirely on the generosity of donors to continue its campaigning and development of innovative and long term solutions to homelessness.

It’s in your hands to help Shelter NI, all donations will be gratefully received.

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