Extra support measures for the homeless in cold weather have been implemented in Nottingham, to provide enough shelter for anyone sleeping on the street as the temperatures drop.
Every year, the council leads a multi-agency group, including Framework, Emmanuel House, hostels and local churches, to develop a cold weather plan which aims to prevent and respond to rough sleeping, as well as reducing the risks to the health and well-being of those who sleep on the streets during winter months.
This winter, support available includes:
- Beds in hostels and specialist accommodation
- Daily opportunities for rough sleepers to get a free hot drink, meal or hot shower
- The Nottingham Winter Shelter, offering bed spaces
- Nottingham City Council's Street Outreach Teams out daily from 5.30am talking to rough sleepers and offering them accommodation
- In very cold weather, an additional ‘sit up service’ at the fire station aimed at getting any remaining rough sleepers off the streets.
How to help
For more information, including advice for anyone facing homelessness, see Homelessness Prevention and Advice on the Nottingham City Council website.
Members of the public who see a rough sleeper can contact the Street Outreach Team by texting SOT and a message to 80800, calling 0800 066 5356 for free 24/7 or visiting the StreetLink website.
Other ways to help are donating to homeless charities – including via Nottingham BID’s Help Out Nottingham campaign or by getting tickets to the Beat the Streets Nottingham Music Festival on Sunday 26 January 2020.