Nottingham, like other parts of country, experiencing a significant increase in the number of rough sleepers, the City Council has provided funding to ensure people receive the support they need.
- What help is available for rough sleepers?
- What is the No Second Night Out policy?
- What is the Cold Weather plan?
- What can you do if you or someone you know is sleeping rough?
- How you can help
If you or someone you know needs help, contact Framework on 0800 066 5356
The Council leads a group, including Framework Housing Association, hostels like Emmanuel House and local churches, which works year round to prevent new, repeat and long term rough sleeping, as well as to reduce the risks to the health and well-being of those who sleep on the streets.
Rough sleepers are identified, assessed, supported and given a place to stay in Nottingham or reconnected back to their local community if they aren’t from the city.
During Winter, Nottingham implements a Cold Weather Plan which gives additional help from November to April, regardless of the actual temperature or weather conditions during that period, including the No Second Night Out policy.
Our No Second Night Out policy means enough beds are available to ensure no-one sleeping rough has to face a second night on the streets.
The extra £100,000 from the City Council is providing an additional 32 beds on top of the 20 already available as part of the Winter Shelter managed by Emmanuel House in partnership with city churches and other agencies.
Available beds are prioritised by looking at who needs them most, rather than on a first come first served basis. In addition, people are referred to food banks or other services which provide free meals.
Throughout the winter period, a nurse-led team provides healthcare, assessment, treatment, advice and support via drop-in clinics and outreach to those who are homeless, in hostel accommodation or vulnerably housed in Nottingham.
A homeless prevention service also works with people with drug and alcohol problems who are ‘sofa surfing’ and have the potential to end up on the streets, or are vulnerably housed and having difficulties with their tenancies. The service supports people to maintain their homes, and reduce the risk of potential homelessness. Citizens Advice Housing Advice provides free, independent and impartial advice to those with housing or housing related debt issues.
The council’s Community Protection Officers operate in the city centre and every Nottingham neighbourhood. Part of their job is to identify anyone sleeping rough and help anyone at risk to access support and accommodation.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Street Pastors from 24 different city churches are out and about in Nottingham, also helping to identify anyone at risk of rough sleeping and help them to find accommodation and support options.
Supported accommodation providers are asked to do everything possible to reduce the risks of an individual losing a placement and becoming homeless. Where possible and appropriate, Nottingham City Homes are committed to prioritising and fast tracking applications from people who are assessed as at risk of rough sleeping at this time of year.
Anyone sleeping rough or who spots someone who is should make a referral to Framework’s Street Outreach Team 24 hours a day via the Freephone number: 0800 066 5356
What about people who beg?
People who beg often have serious drug or alcohol problems. Please give money to one of the charities given below rather directly to someone begging on the street.
The City Council provides funding to local charities like Framework which runs the Street Outreach Team, and Emmanuel House which provides support and advice in the city centre.
Framework has recently launched a fund raising campaign called Off the Streets to raise additional money to set up a Street Outreach team in Mansfield and provide additional capacity for its City based team.
You can also help by donating money or food to local charities:
- Give money to Framework / Off the Streets Campaign
- Give money to Emmanuel House
- Donate food to a local food bank - find your nearest Trussell Trust food bank or give in your local supermarket
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