On Thursday 10 May, Bournemouth Reform Synagogue held an information evening to raise awareness about the complex issues of homelessness and rough sleeping in the local community. This initiative, the “Homeless Project”, was launched in January in a school assembly at Talbot Heath School. The Synagogue and School are working collaboratively to build a deeper understanding of homelessness.

Speakers from St Mungos, Shelter and Faithworks Wessex talked about the work they are undertaking and ways in which the difficulties could be tackled. They addressed some of the root causes of homelessness and rough sleeping such as affordable housing, stagnating wages and the impact of early years trauma. After the interval the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions and a wide-ranging discussion followed.

Honorary Chair of Bournemouth Reform Synagogue, Deborah Tendler, who is also the Speech and Drama teacher at Talbot Heath, said the initiative had been ‘received positively’. She will be working with pupils to develop a short play about homelessness and will draw on some of the themes raised during the evening in a bid to further raise awareness.

Pictured: Hon Chair of BRS Deborah Tendler, along with Head of Talbot Heath Angharad Holloway, gather with speakers for a photo.

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