On Saturday 8th July, Wycombe Homeless Connection (WHC) put on its first ever Feel Good Day for adults who are homeless, recently housed or in temporary accommodation.

The day was attended by 60 guests in total, and provided each with the chance to have a shower, a fresh set of clean clothes and some hearty food. Individuals also had access to over 20 local services and activities, which ranged from head and neck massage and yoga through to sexual health advice and addiction support.

Each service was provided free of charge by kind-hearted local professionals. All the food, too, was either donated or sponsored by Wycombe-based organisations and volunteers; Wycombe Islamic Society (WISE) sponsored the savoury buffet, while Betsy Belle Bakery provided a number of baked goods.

Feedback from the day has been incredibly positive. As one guest commented: “It’s lovely that Wycombe has so many kind organisations and volunteers to put a day like this together. The food is great and the company is fantastic – I’ve felt quite isolated recently so the opportunity to talk to people in a relaxing environment has been brilliant”.

    

Claire, another of the day’s guests, said: “It feels so lovely that WHC decided to put this on for us. I’ve had a head and neck massage and my feet properly looked at and bandaged by the podiatrist. I feel like I’ve got brand new feet!”

The day gave other local agencies the chance to offer instant on the spot help; for instance, the Old Tea Warehouse, a supported housing project based in Wycombe, had the opportunity to fill out housing assessments then and there. While Nigel from the sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’ve given out advice and have even fast-tracked a person into one of our clinics for Monday”. 

    

This year marks ten years since WHC was created to tackle the rising numbers of homelessness in the town; the Feel Good Day was one of the special events planned to help commemorate this milestone. Vickie Morrish, communications officer at WHC and one of the organisers of the day, said: “We’re thrilled that the day was so well attended, but it does highlight just how many people are experiencing housing instability in High Wycombe. I hope that we have the chance to replicate the event in future, so that we can help the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our community feel fresher and happier”.

For further information about Wycombe Homeless Connection, including current requirements for volunteers and how to donate, visit www.wyhoc.org.uk.