West London Day Centre
Based in the heart of Marylebone, the West London Day Centre provides health, housing and education services for rough sleepers in the Westminster area. We see around 100 clients a day and as well as accessing our services to meet their immediate needs, over 70% of our clients use the specialist advice services and groups.
In 2012/13, 1,593 individuals received our help, 1,173 of which were new to the service. 492 people accessed our health services and we directly helped 315 homeless individuals move back into accommodation. There are also many others who used the day centres services to find accommodation independently.
WLDC's drop-in service is open Monday-Friday 9-11.30am for services including breakfast, showers, clothing, laundry and healthcare. We also provide on-going individual and group support each afternoon through our advice and recreational services.
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Our aim is to transform our clients' lives, empowering them to lead more fulfilling lives. We do this primarily through:
Basic needs services
Immediate services to alleviate the hardships experienced by those sleeping rough include a canteen, showers, laundry, clothing store, luggage storage and mail collection.
Advice and support
Our comprehensive advice and referral service assists with accommodation, jobs and benefits to address some of the clients underlying issues and assist them in moving off the streets and back into work. Other support services include the on-site Homeless Health Team (with a Nurse every day, a Doctor twice a week and a Podiatrist once a week) as well as mental health support services, an optician, and drugs and alcohol support.
Longer term developmental services
Our social and recreational services help to build clients confidence, assist with social integration and support them in moving away from a street based lifestyle. These include a weekly allotment group growing vegetables, the Seymour Art Collective, chess, computing, music and various courses run by a tutor from the City of Westminster College.
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- If you see someone rough sleeping please call 0870 3833333 to alert the outreach services: If they are new to the streets then a quick intervention could prevent them from spending a second night out. See the No Second Night Out website for more information.
- If you are thinking of travelling to the UK, or know someone who is, then have a look at the information here. The Before You Go campaign's intention is to help prevent economic migrants ending up homeless on the streets of the UK.