Homelessness charity Framework says it has been ‘humbled and amazed’ by public support in the face of potentially devastating service cuts.
The Notts based charity says all of its emergency accommodation and vital support services would close if Notts County Council goes ahead and axes £3.5 million from its funding.
It includes the Framework hostel on Potter Street in Worksop.
The council has now ended a consultation period on its initial budget proposals for the three years from 2014.
Framework has labelled the proposals as ‘devastating, unfair and catastrophic’ for its vulnerable service users - some of whom have serious mental health issues and learning disabilities, drug and alcohol problems, are victims of domestic violence, care leavers and people leaving the forces.
The charity’s campaign ‘Think Again’ launched just five weeks ago to highlight its vital work and bolster public support.
It has gathered 3,500 letters of support, 4,000 petition signatures and more than 300 personal and moving handwritten accounts from people whose lives have been changed by the services.
“The response to this campaign has been wonderful. Indeed we are humbled and amazed by the depth of the public support we have received, and by the number of people – from inside and outside the organisation – who have given up their time in order to help,” said Framework chief executive Andrew Redfern.
“I was particularly moved by the hundreds of handwritten testimonies that have come from the people we exist to support – including many whose lives have been turned around by our work and others who are at the beginning of their journey.”
“There have also been many appreciative messages from the friends and families of service users. It demonstrates very clearly the effectiveness of our work and I sincerely hope that officers and members of the council will be minded to agree.”
“I would like to thank everybody who has supported the call to ‘Think Again’. It has been an effective and dignified demonstration that the Nottinghamshire public does want its resources used to help most vulnerable people.”
“I know that elected Members want to do what is best for the county and am sure the strength of feeling will resonate with them.”
Notts County Council will digest the public’s feedback on its budget proposals before preparing a final plan to be voted on by elected members on 27th February.