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11 Dec 2012

Rough-sleepers hotline credited with turning hundreds of lives around

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It was a simple phone call that Shaun Collins credits for turning his life around. The 53-year-old man had been sleeping rough in a churchyard in east London when he was set upon by three men in a brutal attack which landed him in hospital. A paramedic, concerned that Collins was planning to return to the scene of the attack once he was discharged, called a telephone number set up to alert homelessness services to people sleeping rough.

Rick Henderson, chief executive of Homeless Link said “We hope this will make a significant contribution to ending rough sleeping. Importantly, it will help get to people early – to avoid people getting into that cycle of drinking, drugs and antisocial behaviour. The earlier you can get to people, the more likely it is you can cut their career on the streets short.”

To read the full article from The Guardian click here.

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