WLM on BBC Radio 4

At Seymour Place, the team went many extra miles and hastily turned the day centre into an emergency night shelter for rough sleepers who were literally freezing. It was a huge amount of work and the team did a great job – and in such an enthusiastic and dedicated way put our ethos and values into action. It made a massive difference for the rough sleepers who came in and we worked exceptionally well alongside the local council, other charities and the faith groups we have contact with.

This was all captured by a piece on our work on BBC Radio 4 which was broadcast Sunday morning. See below for the link and hear interviews with the team including David the Manager, Millie the Housekeeper and Danny the Chef. It is a great piece and lots of people have been in contact with us about the impact it has had. Great to see our frontline work be so positively recognised:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09tc4bq#play (go to 31 mins in)

Project workers Peter, Radu and Service Manager David

Project Workers Peter, Radu and Service Manager David preparing for Severe Weather Emergence Protocol

Provision for Rough Sleepers is Extended in Westminster to Respond to Severe Weather

An emergency coalition of homelessness services in Westminster will provide extended provision to rough sleepers in the borough to prevent people from sleeping rough in the extreme weather conditions.

Collectively The Connection at St Martin’s, The Passage Day Centre and West London Mission will be operating services 24/7 with additional street outreach shifts to reach people on the streets, and encourage everyone into the warmth and safety of an emergency night centre. The number of bed’s available will be more than double the normal cold weather provision to help meet extra demand. A control centre has been established to help coordinate services across the Westminster.  This extended provision will continue to operate until Monday, 4th March.  

Sleeping rough is dangerous all year round but when the weather becomes severe, and temperatures drop below zero, prolonged exposure to the cold increases the risk of death to people without a roof over their heads.

The priority for homelessness services in Westminster is for rough sleepers to access shelter and minimise any danger from sleeping out in the cold.

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper please contact StreetLink.  StreetLink co-ordinates referrals to ensure relevant support services are connected with rough sleepers quickly.

You can download the app here or call 0300 500 0914 to alert the StreetLink team.

Councillor Rachael Robathan, Westminster Council Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“During the winter period it is important to have warm accommodation available to everyone in need, especially vulnerable rough sleepers. Our serious weather emergency protocol makes available many extra beds, along with a wide range of support, when the temperature drops below zero.

“Our outreach workers will be scouring Westminster to find every person sleeping rough in the cold, and working hard to persuade them to accept a warm bed. If you are concerned about a person on the street please tell us via Streetlink

Posted by: Admin on Monday 05 Mar 2018

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