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Double Decker Bus To Be Turned Into Homeless Shelter In Bury

A Bury group is planning on converting a double decker bus into a Homeless Shelter.

First Bus have donated the vehicle to the Bury Homeless Project who support people in the town who are rough sleepers to get them off the street and in to accommodation.

Volunteers are working to remove the seats and turn the space into four bedrooms, a shower and toilet facility, a kitchen and office space, along with a seating area.

The office will be used to give people a private space to discuss delicate issues on a 1-2-1 basis to allow the organisation to get them the support they need to keep them off the street.

Sarah Edgar, from Bury Homeless Project, said:"This bus can mean so much and help so many people. For them [the homeless] having a safe place to go means so much and can be such a big help".

The organisation will also use the double-decker to help vulnerable people at risk of homelessness.

Sarah added: "There's probably about, between 12 or 15 homeless [in the town], which is far too many. But then you also have the people who are border line homeless. The Council have very strict rules, so if you become intentionally homeless, which isn't too hard to become, you have no chance of being rehoused by the Council, which is how many people end up on the street."

The organisation have also seen a rise in the number of people ending up a rough sleeper in Bury and surrounding areas.

"The homeless problem in there [Manchester] is huge and what is happening is, people from Manchester they're getting fined, they're getting moved on, so they're coming out of the city and coming to the suburbs. If we went out and did a proper count now we will probably find more homeless people in Prestwich, in Whitefield, in Ratcliffe, in Bury. It's a matter of finding these people and getting them to trust us so they'll engage because they've been let down in so many aspects of society."

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