February 2021

Churches Winter Beds Scheme 2021 ends in Southampton

This year’s winter bed scheme for people sleeping rough in Southampton comes to an end on Monday 1st March. Paul Woodman from Street Support Southampton helped organise the offer following the success of last winter’s beds across seven local churches. He said: “Working with the council and its partners, including public health, we were able […]

Mobile vaccination service gets national recognition

A group of dedicated homelessness services have partnered up in order to provide a mobile Covid-19 vaccination service for those experiencing homelessness in Brighton and Hove. Arch Healthcare, along with partners Justlife, Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and St John Ambulance, have been visiting key locations across the city to reach vulnerable people who, whilst […]

Doorstop Shop sells wooden goods from former rough sleepers

A NEW shop is selling hand-made wooden items crafted by former rough sleepers. The Doorstop Shop is a new charity business, based at St John’s Church in Surrey Road, near Coy Pond, and also selling online via an eBay store. Its hand-made and upcycled stock includes wooden items such as hedgehog houses, planters and phone […]

Staysafe – Purpose, Activity and Friendship During the Day

Staysafe is a new and innovative project offering daytime support for people who have gotten off the streets and are in emergency or temporary accommodation.  The BCARS team (a partnership between Faithworks and local churches) are there to provide individuals with “purpose, activity, and friendship” at a church venue throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  We […]

A New study investigates why homeless dog owners are choosing to sleep rough rather than be parted from their pets

By Jenny Stravisky from Vets in the Community in Nottingham Published in Anthrozoos, the research was an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Nottingham and The University of Southampton, and funded by Dogs Trust. Louise Scanlon, one of the lead researchers on the project, interviewed twenty homeless or vulnerably housed dog owners, aged between 23-65, […]

GMHAN Conversation – Prison and Resettlement

On Tuesday 12th January, 22 people ranging from frontline staff, GMCA officers, experts,  people with lived experience attended and participated in the GMHAN Prison and Resettlement Open space meeting. The meeting had been requested during GMHAN Full Network event on 25th November to explore and discuss the challenges and issues connecting homelessness with prison releases […]

Greater Manchester Legislative Theatre Update

Greater Manchester Homelessness Action Network (GMHAN) has co-produced GM Homelessness Prevention Strategy in 2020 and beyond, using a creative and participatory policy-making strategy called Legislative Theatre. This community-led process is the result of a collaborative effort by the GMHAN, Street Support Network (leading on comms) and funded and co-designed by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s […]

3 locations share their thoughts on Street Support Network

At the end of January 2021, we welcomed Edinburgh as the 23rd location to join Street Support Network.  Fiona Cuthill, Academic Director, Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health at the University of Edinburgh has been part of the team to set up Street Support in Scotland’s capital. At the launch of Street Support Edinburgh, Fiona […]