Students from the level 1 Health and Social care course at St Helens College teamed up with local homeless charity, Teardrops, to bring comfort to those on the streets of St Helens.
Students worked alongside the charity to create a number of rough sleeper bags, including sandwiches and a handwritten note for each rough sleeper. The bags were distributed across St Helens town centre by the charity as part of their outreach programme.
The charity was on hand to share their experiences with students, highlighting the issues impacting the homeless across St Helens, whilst sharing case studies they’ve come across so close to home.
Health and Social Care programme leader, Joanne Caley Arnold, commented: “We were delighted when the Teardrops charity contacted our placement officers, who kindly organised this today with our students. It will help the students understand the severity of homelessness and its existence in today’s society. These are experiences the students can take with them.”
Shauni Ward, Founder of Teardrops Charity, commented: “It’s been a delight to come in today and work with the students at St Helens College. The aim of the session was to break down the stigma and barriers surrounding homelessness, something which we are constantly faced with at the charity. Today will be a real contribution, seeing each student feed a rough sleeper tonight.”