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Staff ready to support homeless people during festive break

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Renfrewshire Council’s Homeless Service staff are getting ready to support anyone who becomes homeless during the festive break, ensuring they get the help they need.

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The Housing Advice and Homeless Services office at 15 Abercorn Street, Paisley, will be open on 27, 28 and 29 December for people to drop-in for advice and assistance.

For anyone who can’t make it along or who may need help on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, at night or during the weekend, an out-of-hours emergency helpline – 0800 121 4466 – is available, and staff will be on hand to arrange temporary accommodation, if required.

Convener of Communities, Housing and Planning at Renfrewshire Council, Councillor Marie McGurk, said: “Homelessness can happen at any point of time and we want people to be aware of the help and support available to them should that happen during the festive break.

“Renfrewshire offers preventative support to anyone who believes that they may become homeless and I would urge people who need this service to contact the George Street Service or our team at Abercorn Street before the festive break begins.”

People can drop into either the George Street Service at 31/33 George Street, Paisley (or call 0141 618 5785) or visit 15 Abercorn Street (0300 300 0222) during office hours to access preventative help and support.

Specialist help to prevent some of the causes of homelessness is also available from: Renfrewshire Women’s Aid – 0800 025 7603; Renfrewshire Advice Works – 0300 300 1238; Paisley Threads (support for young people) – 0141 884 6696 and; RCA Trust (support for alcohol addiction) – 0141 887 0880.