Joining Sir Vince was prospective parliamentary candidate for St Albans, Daisy Cooper, Welwyn Hatfield’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate Barbara Gibson, and Chris White, Councillor for St Albans Central and Clarence Ward.
For people who were homeless, Emmaus Hertfordshire offers a supportive environment for as long as they need it and the opportunity to gain new skills in its six second-hand shops, helping them to rebuild their confidence, self-worth, and dignity before eventually living independently.
Following a tour of the Emmaus Hertfordshire community, which is home for up to 39 people who have been homeless, Mr Cable met with residents to learn about their work in the charity’s upholstery workshop, where they upcycle donated items to be sold in the charity’s shops.
As part of Emmaus Hertfordshire’s social enterprise, residents upcycle and re-use donated items in the charity’s wood and upholstery workshops to help save items from landfill, raise funds for the charity, and learn new skills for the future.
Speaking of his visit, Mr Cable, said:
In a recent article for Politics Home, Mr Cable stated that housing should be a priority in May’s local elections. He pointed to the contribution that the depletion of council housing through ‘right to buy’ and the lack of social housing because of central government restrictions has had on extreme problems such as homelessness and those at the bottom of the housing ladder.
Emmaus Hertfordshire is keen to discuss the issue of rising homelessness with its local constituency and welcomed Sir Vince’s visit and interest to learn more about their work.
John Chesters, Chief Executive at Emmaus Hertfordshire, said:
To find out more about the work of Emmaus Hertfordshire, please visit www.emmaus.org.uk/hertfordshire.