St Petrocs, the Cornish charity working with people facing and experiencing homelessness, is launching an emergency appeal this winter as it experiences the highest demand for its services since it began 36 years ago.
In October the charity worked with 119 people sleeping rough in Cornwall, a 26% increase compared to the previous month and the highest number on its records.
As the pressure of the cost-of-living crisis grows the need for support for those with housing issues is significantly increasing. St Petrocs is appealing for the Cornish community to support its work as it faces this unprecedented demand for their services.
Chief executive, Henry Meacock, said: “Right now there are thousands of people across Cornwall who are at breaking point and for many the pressures will become too much.
“Making the experience of homelessness as short as possible is critically important as the health and social consequences of spending even one night outside are extremely detrimental. We are only able to offer our support services thanks to the generosity of the community. Any donation is sincerely appreciated and will make a positive difference.
“In the short term, we will keep our doors open this winter to those who need us. Over the longer term we will continue to push for the changes that are needed to end homelessness in Cornwall. This is achievable and your support will contribute to the effort.”
St Petrocs urges anyone facing housing issues or homelessness to seek advice early. As more people struggle to afford the essentials, including rent, prevention becomes a key area of St Petrocs’ work. Its advice line is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and gives confidential advice on housing matters. Call 01872 264153.