Bristol brewery helps homeless to register to vote

A brewery in Bristol has been given permission by the local council for its address to be used by the homeless so they can register to vote in the upcoming general election.

Several members of staff at the Bristol Beer Factory have established an initiative to help rough sleepers gain a polling card.

Publishing details about the project on social media, the brewery said that people without a fixed or permanent address can still register to vote so long as they provide details of “an address or place” where they spend “a large part of your time”.

As confirmed by Sky News, the brewery has received permission for its address to be used by the council.

To register, homeless people must print off and send a form to vote. As such, Bristol Beer Factory’s café at contemporary art centre Arnolfini will provide and send the registration forms for the homeless.

Those wishing to register must do so before 26 November. The café will also provide a free hot drink for rough sleepers applying to vote.

Bristol Beer Factory was founded in 2004 and operates out of an old fermenting block, which was built in 1904 for the Ashton Gate Brewery.

The brewery also recently lent its support to charity 1625 Independent People with its Bristol Sleep Out event.

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