A HEALTH and safety consultancy has shown its support for a Northamptonshire charity by carrying out legionella assessments at its temporary night shelter for the homeless.

Acorn Safety Services has partnered with the Northampton Hope Centre which helps to provide support to people across Northamptonshire facing homelessness and hardship.

Legionella and Fire Manager, Adam Midson has offered his support for the charity by carrying out assessments at its headquarters as well as at its temporary night shelter which is providing additional help to those in need during the winter months.

Adam said: “We are delighted to be able to help Northampton Hope Centre in any way we can. The charity does so much to help people across Northamptonshire, particularly at a time when many are facing hardship.

“Left undetected, legionella bacteria in water supplies can cause serious illness, particularly in the immunocompromised or the elderly. Carrying out regular risk assessments is the only way to protect people from the risks.”

Kyra Williams, Marketing Manager for the Hope Centre said: “We have seen a rise in numbers of homelessness, many of which are new to homelessness.

“These are people that are simply not used to rough-sleeping, the temporary shelter means we have been able to make assessments quicker, provide the support needed and move people into permanent and secure accommodation quicker.

“In carrying out our Legionella risk assessment in such a timely manner, Acorn Safety Services enabled us to safely get the doors to the shelter open.”