Whitechapel Centre to receive freedom of the city

The Whitechapel Centre will be awarded with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool at an event this week.

The centre, which provides support to those affected by homelessness, social exclusion or housing poverty, will be admitted to the Freedom Rolls of Association at a ceremony at the Town Hall on Tuesday 4 October.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, will open the ceremony and Deputy Mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne will deliver a speech.

Samih Kalakeche, the council’s director of adult services and health will read the resolution bestowing the freedom on the Whitechapel and David Carter, the centre’s chief executive will respond.

Cllr Gladden, says: “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.

The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool

The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool

“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 adds: “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.”

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