Government funding to help district's rough sleepers - The Stratford Observer

Government funding to help district's rough sleepers

Stratford Editorial 18th Feb, 2019   0

ROUGH sleepers in Stratford are to get one to one help.

Stratford District Council has secured some £24,000 in funding from the government to help reduce the number of people sleeping on the streets. There is currently thought to be around ten regular rough sleepers in the district.

The cash will be used to deliver a range of “bespoke interventions for entrenched rough sleepers” during the coming few months of winter and spring.

District housing and wellbeing spokeswoman Coun Jacqui Harris said: “Our aim is to ensure that all those that need it, are all given the help, support and access to services that they need.

“The funding that has been secured will help to provide for some of the district’s most vulnerable residents.”

The council already operates the Stratford Link Project providing help, including for the homeless, on a range of issues from housing and benefits to advice on tackling drug and alcohol addictions.

The council also operates a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) offering rough sleepers overnight shelter and accommodation when temperatures plummet below zero.

It is one of a number of organisations which offer support to rough sleepers:

* Stratford Link Project – based at 14 Waterside (access at the rear through Shrieves Walk off Sheep Street, or via Old Red Lion Court) is open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm.

* P3 Charity – housing-related support service to over 25s in Warwickshire (0808 164 6220)

* St Basils – housing-related support for those aged 16 to 25 in Warwickshire (text Need St Basils to 62277 or call 01789 332 540)

* CGL (Change, Grow, Live) – alcohol and drug treatment centre based at 16 Court Street, Leamington (01926 353513)

* Citizens Advice Bureau – 25 Meer Street, Stratford (01789 200136)

* JobCentrePlus – Martin Raff House, Alcester Road, Stratford (0345 604 3719)

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