A Halifax homeless outreach worker has been presented with a new volunteering award from the Prime Minister.
Dave Fawcett has been acknowledged with a Point of Light Award for setting-up Halifax’s only temporary night shelter, in January and February, for homeless men and women.
The Inn Churches scheme got 39 people, previously sleeping rough, into accommodation and 200 local men and women, pictured, were inspired to volunteer their time to the project.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Dave is a selfless man who has made personal sacrifices to make a real difference to homeless people. I am delighted to recognise Dave’s great work and exceptional community service by making him the UK’s 90th Point of Light.”
Homelessness pastor Dave Fawcett said: “It’s amazing to receive this award from the Prime Minister, personally I’m really excited about all the projects that we have developed to help those in society who are poor and in need.
“We are working hard to provide sustainable solutions to help homeless people get off the streets and to start feeling hope again and to create a great future for themselves.”
Halifax MP Linda Riordan said:“This award is testament to Dave’s dedication and commitment. He works tirelessly and selflessly to improve the lives of homeless people. His volunteer work is simply inspirational. He is a credit to himself and to Halifax.”
Mr Fawcett thanked Community Foundation for Calderdale for funding the Inn Churches programme in Halifax. The initiative will run again in early 2015.