The Garden House opened to guests on 8 October and have seen a steady flow coming through each day.

In the first two weeks, they have seen and supported 25 rough sleepers, 17 male and eight female with a total of 50 visits between them.

They have supported 15 people to see a GP on site, four people to see a Chiropodist and six people to get a haircut, with direct benefits work with two people. Housing advice and support has been given to all of the guests with 13 been given an offer of accommodation.

Council Outreach Officer Victoria, said “I think it was a successful few weeks as some of the people that came to see us at the Garden House were people that we have been trying to engage with for a substantial period of time.”

The Lighthouse Project Peterborough manager Steve said “In the first two weeks our amazing volunteers has amassed 149.5 volunteering hours, much of this talking and taking time with our guests, showing them they are valued, worthwhile and that hope can always be found in often the most challenging of situations. This love and free gift of their time from our volunteers is why the Garden House is a special place, that is why we will really change lives.”

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