This year there has been a 64% rise in people sleeping rough in Leicester, say statistics released by the government. A local interfaith winter night shelter, running since December, has taken over a quarter of the officially counted 36 people off the streets each night. Guests receive a warm bed, meals and company. 250 volunteers drawn from people of different faiths and none have volunteered at the shelter because they are deeply concerned by the growing numbers sleeping out in the freezing weather.
Families on a low income are being urged not to miss out on weekly Healthy Start vouchers that can be spent on fruit, vegetables and milk///CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
The vouchers can be exchanged at lots of shops across the city including large supermarkets and local stores – as well as at some stalls on Leicester Market.
Vouchers can be exchanged for plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, plain cows’ milk and infant formula milk. Free vitamins are also available. Always check with a retailer before getting to the till to check they accept the vouchers.