6 August 2019 | Comment | Article by Rebecca Williams
Last week saw the Homeless World Cup take centre stage in the heart of Cardiff City Centre. More than 500 players representing over 50 countries attended the week-long festival in Bute Park, with tens of thousands of spectators enjoying the tournament.
What is the Homeless World Cup?
The Homeless World Cup Foundation uses the power of football to inspire people who are homeless to change their lives. The Charity, through its street football tournaments and annual World Cup, encourages the public to consider their own perceptions of homelessness and the issues around it.
Homelessness in Wales
The Homeless World Cup raises the profile of homelessness in our communities, which is as critical an issue as ever with over 22,000 households homeless or at risk of homelessness each year in Wales. Over 2,500 households are in temporary accommodation across Wales and over 150 people are sleeping rough across Wales on a single night. (As at 8/9 November 2018, according to Welsh Government statistics)
How can you help?
Whilst there is still a lot to do to eradicate homelessness in Wales and across the world, there is no doubt that events such as this serve to bring homelessness to the forefront of the public’s minds. Should you wish to make a donation to the Homeless World Cup Foundation, you can do so here.
Our work with Registered Social Landlords
We act for a number of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in Wales, who are continuously striving to provide quality affordable homes to those most in need, and make a real difference to local communities. Our recent work with Rhondda Housing Association highlights the sector’s investment and commitment to adding real value to local communities.
We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the organisers on the success of the Cardiff Homeless World Cup 2019, and wish Tampere, Finland all the luck in making the 2020 Homeless World Cup a success.