Homeless support centre helps about 400 people a week

A community support centre working with homeless people in Scarborough threw open its doors to all and sundry at two open days.

The Rainbow Centre in Castle Road helps about 400 people who are homeless and/or in difficulties per week.

They include the homeless, families in crisis, former prisoners and individuals facing challenges due to a history of substance misuse or poverty.

At any one time, there are usually about eight people sleeping rough in Scarborough, in shop doorways, parks, etc.

The drop-in centre has about 50 volunteers who offer advice on various issues relating to accommodation, job searches, debt, benefits, medical needs, clothes and food banks, rehabilitation, etc.

The open days featured tours of the centre, musical performances, hot drinks and cakes.

The centre has a shower room, laundry facilities, a television lounge and a community cafe. Emergency clothing and food parcels are available for those in crisis.

The Rainbow Centre is a social action project and a registered charity. With a strong church base, it was set up in 1996 by congregation members of St Mary’s and Holy Apostles Church to offer practical support in Castle ward, which had been designated as an urban priority area.

It is supported by a range of individuals, churches, charities, local businesses and local government.

It is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am onwards.

Website: http://therainbowcentre.org.

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