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Homelessness Awareness Week - What's On in Bedford

November 27, 2018 3:15 PM

Mayor Dave Hodgson at SoupFest 2018This week is Homelessness Awareness Week, and there are a range of events and activities taking place in and around Bedford:

Art Exhibition 26 - 30 November, Riverside Square Pavilion - Art created exclusively by people who have experienced homelessness. The aim of the exhibition is to challenge public perceptions of the homeless community, and to empower the artists themselves and raise their confidence. Mayor Dave Hodgson was given a sneak preview of the work last week, and commented on Facebook: "This week is Homelessness Awareness Week, and I'll be posting every day about the range of events taking place locally, the additional services launched this winter, and the ways we can all help ensure vulnerable people in our community can get the support they need.'

"One of the events is an exhibition of artwork by people who have experience homelessness, which has started today in the 'glass box' pavilion building on the large square in Riverside Bedford, and runs through to Friday. Bedford Homeless inter-agency Officer Sam Price gave me a sneak peek of the exhibition last week, and I can tell you that it is very well worth a visit."

SoupFest - Tuesday 27th November 11.30 - 6. SoupFest is an annual festival of soup, showcasing Bedford's talented chefs, and working closely with local businesses and volunteers to raise money to help the homeless. There will be live music, great food and more. Mayor Dave Hodgson attended earlier today, and you can see a selection of photos he posted from the event here.

SOLD OUT*** 'Sleeping Rough' film screening at Vue Cinema - Tuesday 27th November 6.30pm*** SOLD OUT, followed by a drinks reception and an exclusive Q&A with the film's director. Tickets have sold out in advance for this event tonight.

Open Morning at King's Arms Project Nightshelter -
Thursday 29th November 10.30 - 1 (choice of times). If you've ever wanted a sneak peak inside the Bedford Nightshelter, here's your chance! Book your free place here.

Open Morning at YMCA Bedfordshire's Weaver House -
Friday 30th November 10.30 - 2 (choice of times). Weaver House opened in 1991 for the single homeless in Bedford, and the staff are excited about showing you their facilities. Book your free place here