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New services for those sleeping rough

Southampton churches opened their buildings to those sleeping rough this winter with a new Winter Shelter. They have recruited 160 volunteers to operate the service which runs at various churches in the city centre. It follows a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support partnership believes […]

Contact numbers and support for people in Reading this Christmas

Please see below for details regarding contacting the Council when someone is homeless/rough sleeping in Reading throughout the Christmas and New Year period, where the Council offices are closed throughout. (Scroll down for a timetable of additional services over Christmas and New Year very kindly produced by Launchpad) Council Offices are closed from 5pm on […]

Cambridge 105 Radio Advert supporting Street Support Cambridge

Cambridge 105, a local community radio station, is a big fan of It Takes a City – a Cambridge Homelessness Partnership. The It Takes a City team and Neil Whiteside, a presenter at the station developed a radio advert which Cambridge 105 kindly produced and will air free of charge in the lead up to […]

Dark Peak Gear donates 1,000 jackets to help people who are homeless this winter.

In December 2018, Sheffield based clothing brand Dark Peak launched their new outerwear brand and first product – the NESSH Jacket – on Kickstarter, with the promise for every jacket sold Dark Peak would donate another jacket to a homeless person under their ‘One Sold, One Given’ pledge. Through that campaign and their website, over […]

Homeless questions answered

An artist who emailed 110 councils seeking basic advice for homeless people says only 10 replied fully. Anthony Luvera asked authorities across the UK about access to shelter, safety, food, and healthcare. Of those asked, 41 did not respond at all, while 59 either sent an auto-reply or pointed to organisations or charities offering help […]

Xmas Drop-In Timetable (Manchester)

Saturday 21st December 2019 to Wednesday 1st January 2020 Who’s open, what’s happening and where. Contact details & links to printable PDF docs below. Sat 21st Dec Coffee4Craig 5pm – 7pm Food, showers, advice & support Lifeshare 7am – 9am Cooked breakfast Mustard Tree 10am – 4pm Furniture, clothing, food club. Reach Out TTC 10am […]

25 Ways To Support People Over Winter

Here’s just a few ways you can help the charities who work tirelessly throughout the year helping people who have nowhere safe to call home. Along the way, you’ll also meet some incredible people….. Booth Centre Giving advice, helping people find accommodation, supporting people into work, running a variety of activities. (They also provide breakfast […]

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol in Reading

As we head towards the winter months, councils across the country are getting ready for any severe weather spells. Housing and homelessness departments have been busy revising their arrangements for Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, known for short as SWEP, to ensure their readiness for the colder months. Under this humanitarian response, when temperatures of 0°or […]

Homeless & ‘Hidden’. Unsupported Temporary Accommodation (UTA’s)

With the media very much focused on people sleeping rough, perhaps it’s worth being reminded of a population that is mainly ‘hidden’ from the public eye. People who are frequently not accounted for in official statistics and have little or no support. These are people living in Unsupported Temporary Accommodation (UTA’s) – people who are […]