With homelessness being a continued prominent issue in Exeter, two University of Exeter students have noticed this and are taking initiative. Third year students, Olivia Mansfield-Carter and Jessie Cartwright, have recently starting the project ‘Home to Homeless UK’, being created with the intention of raising further awareness of homelessness in Exeter and Taunton.
As temperatures drop at this time of year, staying warm becomes increasingly important
As temperatures drop at this time of year, staying warm becomes increasingly important. Therefore, the students have taken the ‘I am not lost’ scarf project, a concept used across the country, and they have continued this in Exeter, with the idea being to tie scarves around the city, inviting those who are homeless to take them.
“many still would not approach a homeless person, and were unaware of the current charities in Exeter that exist to help the homeless”
Before starting the project, Mansfield-Carter said that they conducted a survey that showed despite people in Exeter being aware of the homelessness issue that the city faces, many still would not approach a homeless person, and were unaware of the current charities in Exeter that exist to help the homeless. Therefore, as well as posting pictures of the scarves they have tied around the city on their Instagram, which can be found under ‘home.to.homeless.uk’, they are also using their page to promote a variety of charities around Exeter already working for homeless people, including Just Love Exeter and St Petrock’s.