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Zurich bid to help homeless

Zurich and Help the Aged are joining forces to help older homeless people in East London.

Zurich will donate £70,000 through its charitable community trust and Help the Aged will contribute £30,000 to the project over three years.

The cash will be used to fund a project co-ordinator for the East London Meaningful Occupation Project.

The project will help to find older homeless or socially isolated people in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the City.

It will teach basic life skills and provide opportunities for social contact and adult education.

Research in 2000 showed that on any one night in London, 700 people aged over 50 sleep in hostels while in the 18 months to July 2000, only 1 per cent of homelessness issues raised in Parliament made any reference to older people.

Zurich Trust Older People Programme manager Jane Law says: “We are very pleased to have Help the Aged as our first partner in the Zurich older people programme.

“We look forward to learning from their experience and hope that together we can make a positive difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable older people in our society.”

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