One of The George Heath Foundation’s aims is to promote social inclusion and relief of the needs of those people who are socially excluded as a result of being a member of a socially or economically deprived community. The trustees of The Foundation have been working with the staff and volunteers of Chester Aid to the Homeless (CATH) to develop “care bags” for the rough sleepers of the Chester area.
We were surprised to discover that there are at least 50 such rough sleepers in Chester, with at least 15 of them being ladies.
The finished care bags were delivered on 5th October and were very gratefully received by both the service users of CATH and the “care workers” who received the bags on behalf of the users who weren’t at the drop in centre that day.
After a lot of thought, we decided to “package” the bags in a George Heath Foundation rucksack, and to include Thermos mugs, waterbottles, thermal hats gloves and 5 pairs of socks, anti-fungal cream, plasters, deodorant, lip balm, tissues, baby wipes, toothbrush toothpaste and toothbrush cover, feminine hygiene, razors, shaving soap, some food items and some doggy treats.
Look out for our bags when you’re out and about…and if you see someone with one, please buy them a warm drink…. a little act of kindness goes a very long way.