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Around 150 people gathered to celebrate the opening of a new hi-tech games room for homeless people in Birmingham.
Leading business representatives joined staff and customers for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the games room and new computer suite at Washington Court, a homeless service run by Trident Reach the People Charity.
Washington Court offers support and short-term accommodation for homeless people with space for 98 customers, helping around 1,200 people a year. Birmingham estate management company Centrick Property donated £30,000 to pay for the new multimedia games room.
The games room, decorated to look like a cinema, boasts a large screen and projector for games and digital TV - including London Olympics 2012 coverage - to be watched by Washington Court’s customers. It also has Wii and Xbox facilities, a snooker table, a ping-pong table and leather sofas for people to enjoy some leisure time. The room also has new, energy efficient LED lights, which could save up to 90 per cent on electricity bills. The computer centre, with eight computers, will offer a range of facilities and activities to help Trident Reach customers develop their skills, look for accommodation, identify training opportunities and search for jobs.
Anthony McCool, Trident Reach charity lead, said: “Through these sorts of services, we aim to provide long-term solutions for homeless people by enabling them to access leisure facilities, get involved in their community by enjoying national events like the Olympics, develop their skills and gain access to jobs and training opportunities.” For more information about Trident Reach or to find out how you can support its work, contact 0121 226 5800.