Three local surgeries and a town centre charity are amongst the first organisations in the country to promise to be Homeless-Friendly.

In the company of Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd, The Dale Medical Practice, Nye Bevan House, plus The Strand and Bowness Road Family Practices, Middleton, pledged to examine their policies and procedures and ensure they cater for the homeless.

They were joined by The Sanctuary Trust, Drake Street, whose expertise in caring for rough sleepers will be shared with the programme’s other pioneering partners who include a café, a local council, several surgeries, Rochdale’s out-of-hours medical service BARDOC and a training charity.

Dr Zahid Chauhan, creator of Homeless-Friendly said: “The problem of homelessness is complex and different in every area. The Dale Street Medical Practice will experience town centre homelessness while our Middleton practices might encounter the “hidden homeless” – those living in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs or sofa surfing at friends’ houses.

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