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Neil Carr, Chief Executive of South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) was delighted to join in promoting the excellent work being to help the homeless in Stafford when Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow visited the Borough at the invitation of MP Jeremy Lefroy.

Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is the latest high profile figure to show an interest in the work being done to help the homeless in Stafford.

The whistle-stop visit included a talk with Community Matron, Suzanne Rigby, dubbed the ‘Angel of Stafford’ by rough sleepers in the town, and a tour of Eagle House – which has been instrumental in delivering the new ‘Housing First’ project to get homeless people into long term, sustainable accommodation.

Suzanne is employed by SSSFT in an innovative partnership which recognises the emotional wellbeing needs of the homeless alongside their physical health and other support requirements.

Both of the initiatives were able to go ahead after the council secured more than £200,000 of Government funding.

Already this year Stafford Borough Council was singled out in the House of Lords after Government figures showed rough sleeping in the area had halved. And the council was also asked to appear on national TV for a discussion on tackling the issues of homelessness and rough sleepers.

The Speaker thanked everyone involved in the work and said: “This is an admirable initiative involving several partners, with much thought given to it, and it is starting to show real benefits. It is terrific to see the joy that is derived from the work everyone here is doing in making people’s lives better.”