Freedom of the City for Whitechapel Centre

The Whitechapel Centre is to be awarded Liverpool’s highest honour at a special ceremony next week.

The Centre, which works with people who are homeless, socially excluded, or in housing poverty, will be admitted to the Freedom Rolls of Association at a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall on Tuesday 4 October.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “The Whitechapel Centre has given support to some of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community since it was founded in 1975.

“They not only help people find homes, gain their independence and move forward in their lives but they help give them dignity and as the needs of its clients change, it  develops new solutions to tackle homelessness.

“While I have been a member of the city council I have worked closely with the centre and I know how much they have helped the most disadvantaged people in our city. The Whitechapel Centre thoroughly deserves to be awarded the Freedom of the City.”

David Carter, Chief Executive of The Whitechapel Centre said: “It is a great privilege for The Whitechapel Centre to receive the Freedom of the City of Liverpool, where we have worked for over 40 years.

“On behalf of all staff, volunteers and service users I would like to thank the city for this honour and for recognising the contribution we have made to prevent and resolve homelessness. We will continue to find ways to end homelessness and meet the needs of the increasing numbers of homeless people.”

For more information about the work of the Whitechapel Centre log on to: http://www.whitechapelcentre.co.uk/