Shocking images showing the desperate situation endured by the homeless in Burton has led to the launch of a campaign group.
Burton resident John Anderson took these snaps of the homeless camping out in undisclosed areas across the town centre, to highlight the growing problem facing those on zero hour contracts or a relationship breakdown.
Now, Burton Hope has been set up to provide food collection points where none currently exist and identify other gaps in care.
Mr Anderson took some volunteers into the town to donate food and clothing to those forced to camp outside, and revealed photographs of the men he spoke to and their sad surroundings, littered with rubbish and dirt.
He said: "We met a man there. He was freezing. We gave him some trousers and he changed in the road he was that cold. You can see their hands are black ingrained with dirt. A lot of people are struggling. There are people working on zero hour contracts and sometimes cannot afford to pay rent or eat."
Now a meeting has been held to set up Burton Hope after the photographs Mr Anderson posted on Facebook gained much attention and led to donations.
He said: "We have set up the group to help the homeless and those in need. The group’s objectives are to try to fill in the gaps in care. For example, there are soup kitchens operating Monday to Friday at lunchtime so our homeless do not get regular food at other times.
"When I go out at weekends they are very hungry. We had groups going out at the weekend to take food, clothing and other essential items to our homeless Burtonians. We are hoping to establish rounds to ensure the homeless know there is food available for them."
A committee has now been formed including John Anderson as chairman, Mohammed Nab, Rachael Anderson, Verna Smith, Zahoor Hussain, Lewis Anderson and Sid Bartram.
Mr Anderson added: "Around 25 people attended the meeting. Many others wanted to attend but had work and other commitments. We have a very enthusiastic group of volunteers chomping at the bit to get started. More volunteers are still signing up.
"The group intends to work with other local care groups and will be inviting other groups to a meeting soon to identify the gaps in care. Our homeless are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many residents living in poverty.
"Groups are already trying to get food parcels out but food is in short supply. Burton Hope is going to set up food collection points where none currently exist to bring more food into the care network.
"This food will be shared among other groups to ensure it gets to those that need it. We will be trying to try to inform the public of the difficulties faced daily by some of our fellow townsfolk."
Anyone who would like to support Burton Hope can call Mr Anderson on 07831 637678.
Burton YMCA is also continuing to help the homeless in the town, confirming it does also visit the areas in the photographs as part of its outreach work.
A spokesman for the charity said: "We are indebted to the local community for the support we receive to help us continue providing vital support services for homeless people, often some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
"We have a dedicated 24-hour outreach team phone number for people to call and report if they see or suspect they have seen a rough sleeper, which is 0800 130 3415. We will always act upon information received to try to establish if there is a homeless person and offer any help we can.
"This includes the opportunity to attend Reconnect Centre for a couple of hours each day, to shower, dry or change clothes, have a hot drink and something to eat. But also to talk to our committed support workers to see if we can offer accommodation or signpost to other agencies to support their needs.
"We also offer a Wednesday morning breakfast club from 8am to 10am, where they can access a hot drink and breakfast, plus our outreach team go out on Wednesday fortnightly at 5am to engage with rough sleepers and inform them of the support available, encouraging them to visit Reconnect.
"With the recent change in weather, we will endeavour to bring people off the streets to provide a safe place to stay and access support where we can.
"Members of the public have kindly donated food, toiletries, sleeping bags, hats/gloves and thermal socks in the past and the latter items are always useful, especially during cold and wet periods.
"As part of our commitment to homelessness, we are also asking people to spend the night in a cardboard box, so that others don’t have to and take part in Sleepout 2017. We are hosting our 9th sleepout this year and will be in Burton at the Pirelli Stadium on Saturday, November 11, or our Xtreme night at St Modwen’s graveyard in Burton Market Place.
"We are also offering an Xtreme weekend of homelessness which includes two nights sleeping in a cardboard box and a 14 mile walk from Tamworth to Burton. More details on registering are available here.
"Thank you to everyone who has helped us as we continue to provide support to build positive futures with those facing risk of Homelessness or who are homeless."