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A trolley full of books and craft sets from Asda

Housing Options Team supports families through the pandemic

Ashfield District Council’s Housing Options Team have housed 71 families in temporary accommodation since the start of the pandemic.

The pandemic has affected many people in different ways, and the Housing Options Team have been there to support Ashfield residents who have lost their homes, regardless of the reason. The team have housed families who were fleeing domestic abuse, suffered relationship breakdowns and who have lost their homes due to lost income.

As part of their work with these families, the team reached out to local shops for donations for the children placed in temporary accommodation. Hayley Carrington, Community Champion at Asda in Sutton, arranged the donation of books, toys, craft and baking sets. So far, the team have provided donations to 25 children currently in accommodation.

Whilst the families are in temporary accommodation, the Housing Options Team looks for permanent housing, provides food parcels and referrals to other services who can help them find a sustainable environment.

Cllr Tom Hollis, Cabinet Member for Housing at Ashfield District Council said “Many people in Ashfield have been affected by the pandemic and those who have lost their homes in the process have found this extremely difficult to deal with. It is especially hard on the children who find it challenging to adjust to their new lives. We are so grateful for the generous donations that Asda have provided, these toys and books will make a difference to the children living in temporary accommodation.

“The Housing Options Team do fantastic work supporting our most vulnerable residents. They have provided vital lifelines to people who are facing the most difficult circumstances, during this pandemic. The Council is committed to providing support and assistance to those who need it.”