Charities join up to salvage project for the older homeless

Thames Reach Bondway and Help the Aged have joined forces to prevent the closure of Live Choices, a project for older rough sleepers in London's East End, which was threatened by the demise of homelessness organisation St Botolph's Project.

St Botolph's closed last month with the loss of more than 60 jobs. Many of its services, including 89 bed spaces, and training and education for vulnerable groups, have been taken over by other homelessness charities in the city.

Live Choices provides activities run by and for older people to address the social isolation that can lead to homelessness.

Joe Oldman, housing needs manager at Help the Aged said: "We are delighted that Thames Reach Bondway has taken over this important project. Meaningful occupation schemes that are designed specifically for older people should be a core component of the resettlement packages offered by social landlords to this client group."

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