Annual sleep out count helps rough sleepers
Today is Telford and Wrekin rough sleeper count ‘Play Your Part’. The rough sleeper count is an established national initiative for council’s to measure the numbers of rough sleepers nationally.
The Council is asking for help today from everyone working and living in Telford & Wrekin to help tackle rough sleeping.
In one 24 hour period, the Council is asking agencies such as police, hospitals, Probation Services, mental health services, doctors, churches, colleges, day centres and the public to notify us if they see anyone sleeping rough by calling 01952 248 248 or 07772 890 017.
This will help partners who work to tackle homelessness in the borough to ensure that no local rough sleeper is missed.
Partners’ ongoing commitment to support local rough sleepers in Telford and Wrekin has seen partnership, through information gathering and outreach.
Telford has recently succeeded in keeping the numbers of street homeless to a relatively low level. To prevent the increase of rough sleeping, the Council aims to understand who they are, where they are, and why they are rough sleeping. The Council wants to ensure they are accessing the appropriate services and how they feel their situation might be remedied.
The Council is supported by KiP@Maninplace, Night Inn @Maninplace, Stay and YMCA this year.
Toni Guest, service delivery manager for housing, said: “The sleep out count is very important to help identify rough sleepers and provide them with the support they need. There are a range of services we provide, which some rough sleepers may not know about.
“We have worked with our partners over the years to reduce the need for rough sleepers. However, there are still a number of rough sleepers in the Borough who we need to try to reach to offer support.
“Homelessness can affect people from all of our communities. Anyone who wishes to make a donation can visit http://homeless.telford.gov.uk/. Donations made via the website are shared amongst partner organisations.”
Alan Olver, chief executive officer for Maninplace, said: “As we approach some of the severe weather months we need to be able to ensure that we get all the intelligence together of anyone new rough sleeping to ensure we can support them and reduce the need for rough sleeping.”
The Council has supported a number of charities in the borough, contributing funding to tackling rough sleeping and homelessness. These charities have included Maninplace, YMCA, Stay Telford, KiP@Maninplace, Thrive and TACT. The council has provided funding which includes:
• A £100,000 grant from the Council’s Telford 50 legacy fund to tackle homelessness
• A £79,132 fund the Council secured from the Rough Sleeping Initiative Fund to help provide support for rough sleepers in the borough
• £10,000 funding from the Cold Weather Fund from the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government for a second night shelter
Maninplace currently provide a night shelter which continues to be full on a regular basis and the council’s funding will ensure this continues.
This item was updated to reflect that a £100,000 grant to support a specific bid by YMCA is now not proceeding.