In recent years, we have seen the impact of austerity on the voluntary sector and society as a whole. Small charities in particular are finding it difficult to sustain their activity and collaborative working has never been so important. Working in partnership with others has been at the heart of many of CHA’s successes so the prospect of a merger was, in some ways, a natural progression
On a December's day in 2017, a crowd has formed with mobile phones primed to film young people in sleeping bags on a cold Exeter City Centre pavement. It is not what you think; these mobile phones, expertly held by parents and onlookers, are ready to capture a flash dance by Urban Flow Street Dance to kick off an awareness day for Nightstop Devon.
There is a sliding scale around homelessness – someone in temporary accommodation is technically homeless, but clearly in a better situation than someone sleeping rough. The various ‘degrees’ of homelessness require different responses, and Devon has wonderfully diverse agencies set up to help people in very different situations.