Clean clothes and healthy meals for homeless people

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Free laundry vouchers and recipe cards are being offered to homeless people in the Ripley area.

A new range of support services are being launched by Amber Valley Housing and NHS Derbyshire County to help homeless people in temporary accommodation have access to clean clothes and healthy meals.

Recipe cards will feature easy-to-follow meals that can be cooked using cheap ingredients and leftovers.

The laundry service is being supported by local laundrettes In a Spin, in Langley Mill, and Tumble Wash in Ripley.

Both will be available on request for those living in temporary housing in the Amber Valley area.

Jane Horton, housing and health strategy manager for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this innovative project which will play an immeasurable role in helping those who are most vulnerable by providing them with access to services that will improve their health and wellbeing in ways that we all take for granted such as access to clean clothes and healthy meals.”

Families at the Riverside Mother and Baby Hostel, in Ripley, were asked to help develop the recipe cards, which include ideas for a simple meat sauce that can be used in either a bolognaise or a cottage pie.

Sara Parkin, senior housing advisor at Amber Valley Housing, said: “The welfare of those in housing need is a primary focus for us, and includes improving access to services that others take for granted, like having clean clothes or a nutritious meal.

“Working with our partners is essential in providing these services.”