Carols and smiles as young people deliver jars of hope to councillors
Christmas shoppers in Matlock were entertained by homeless young carol singers yesterday – as they delivered a timely reminder to Derbyshire County Council about the possible consequences of proposed funding cuts.
Service users and staff from the SAFE consortium, which provides accommodation and community-based support for homeless young people in the county, staged two carol alfresco carol concerts: one in the town centre and the other outside the council offices, where specially created “jars of hope” were distributed to elected members.
Councillor Paul Smith receiving his Jar of Hope
The council has recently extended a public consultation on plans to slash funding to SAFE by up to 85 per cent. The service, operated by Framework, Adullam and Stonham, says the proposed reductions would lead closure of the service and damage the life chances of vulnerable young people.