Dentists and opticians needed to help at homeless event

Dentists and opticians in North Somerset are being asked to offer their time and expertise at a special health and wellbeing day for local homeless people.

North Somerset Council’s Health Trainers and homeless charity Somewhere to Go are joining forces to host a homeless health and wellbeing day on 14 September.

The day is for anyone in North Somerset who is homeless, sofa surfing or in temporary accommodation.

It is a chance for them to chat to organisations, find out about support available in Weston-super-Mare and across the area, and have their own and their pet’s health checked.

As well as the council, host of organisations have already signed up including Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and Citizens’ Advice, as well as a local vet, hairdresser and a rehabilitation centre.

North Somerset Health Trainer Debbie Stone said: “This is the second homeless health and wellbeing event we’ve organised and once again the support from local organisations and businesses has been great.

“There’ll be people on hand to provide advice on sexual and mental health and wellbeing, plus Bright Hair will be there to provide haircuts and Beaconsfield Vets will be offering pet checks.

“But we still need a dentist and optician to offer their services to help local people.”

Somewhere to Go’s day centre manager, Joan Eales, added: “We hope it will focus on issues which may not be the main priority for someone dealing with homelessness. Often they struggle through the day just to get something to eat, have a wash, go to the toilet and get a cup of coffee.

“What we want ultimately is that people can put their lives back together.”

The event will take place at Somewhere to Go in St John’s Hall in the Boulevard, Weston-super-Mare from 10: to 14:00 on 14 September 2018.

If you can offer your services please contact the Health Trainers on 01934 427 661 by 28 August.

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