HOMELESS people in Taunton are to get more support to help them settle into normal living accommodation.

The Taunton Association for the Homeless is planning to expand its work giving emergency accommodation to those who have been sleeping outdoors without any shelter.

The group is now offering educational courses so that homeless people can gain new skills and get their lives back on track.

Whilst visiting the association’s offices in East Reach, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne said: “The Taunton Association for the Homeless is an excellent local organisation that works tirelessly to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

“The benefits of giving emergency accommodation to a homeless person are obvious.

“What matters though is not just picking up a person who has fallen but also getting that person to stand on their own feet again.”