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Austin launches KINDCOATS project to help the homeless

The “KINDCOATS” project to help homeless people is coming to the Black Country next week – thanks to Ian Austin MP and Gather, the café in Dudley High Street.


The Dudley MP and charity campaigners at Gather will be launching the scheme to help homeless people stay warm over the winter.

KINDCOATS is an easy way for people to donate a coat to those who are sleeping rough. People simply leave their coats on a rail outside Gather Café and people who need it can pick it up.

The rail has signs saying “Need one? Take one. Want to help? Leave one”. More details are available at www.KINDCOATS.com

KINDCOATS was launched in Colchester last year and is now being set up in communities around the country by people concerned about the rise in homelessness.

Austin will be launching the KINDCOATS project at Gather CIC, 65 High Street, Dudley, DY1 1PY at 10:30 am with Café Directors Loraine Stockton and Stuart Homer.

Homelessness has more than trebled in the West Midlands in recent years with a visible increase in the number of rough sleepers in the Dudley town centre.

Ian Austin said:

“Homelessness has shot up in recent years and is not only a problem in Dudley but across the Black Country and the whole of the West Midlands. 

“The number of people sleeping rough in the West Midlands has more than trebled and now winter is here more needs to be done to support those who have nowhere to live.

“Although I want more to be done to tackle the cause of homelessness, we need to be there to give help to those who find themselves without a home.

“I am sure the generous people of Dudley will get behind the idea. All you need to do is hang the coat on a rail which will be outside of Gather café on Dudley High Street”

Loraine Stockton, Director at Gather Dudley, said:

“It’s great to be working with Ian Austin to provide this kind of thing in Dudley.  It works alongside our regular support for local people with homeless issues and struggling families.  

“Our community is a generous one and we’re sure it will be a fantastic asset to the town and its citizens"

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