Building society gives pedal-powered boost to homelessness fight

03 Nov 2017

Building society staff in Sheffield have provided a pedal-powered boost to a charity working with homeless people – by buying bicycles for the specialist team charged with finding and helping them.

Nottingham Building Society is a long-term supporter of homelessness charity Framework, and has supported its work in many different communities over the last six years.

Keen to support the life-changing work of Framework’s new Street Outreach Team, staff at the city’s Norfolk Row branch asked what they could do to assist its work with people risking their lives on the streets.

Outreach Team members, who cover a very wide geographical area in the early hours of the morning, requested a pair or bicycles to enable them to cover more ground and help more people. The Nottingham duly obliged, and even threw in helmets and other safety equipment.

Sam Lloyd, Outreach Team Manager, explained: “Sheffield is a very big city and we only have a limited time to get to the people we want to help. Whilst we do drive to sites further afield, there are areas of the city that are far better explored on two wheels.

“These two bikes will prove to be a vital tool in our work with rough sleepers, primarily because they will allow us to have more face-to-face time with them. I would like to thank everyone at the Norfolk Row branch for their support.”

Brendan O’Connor, cluster manager of the Norfolk Row branch, added: “Homelessness is an issue very close to our hearts, which is why we have done so much in recent years to help local organisations like the Archer Project. When we learned about the fantastic work of Framework’s Street Outreach Team, and the life-changing support it was bringing to homeless people, we wanted do something to help. When Framework told us of their desire for bicycles we were only too happy to oblige.”

The bicycles were purchased from Nottingham-based social enterprise The Bike Club, which teaches cycle repair skills to vulnerable and excluded people.

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