Winter beds open
As part of a citywide response to homelessness this winter, Action Homeless have bolstered their provision for people at risk of rough sleeping by opening five emergency beds. The beds opened on 1St December and remain in operation throughout the winter months.
The emergency beds are open to anyone who is rough sleeping and aim to prevent people from having to sleep outside in cold temperatures and poor weather. The beds will provide a lifeline to people who may not be able to access other homelessness services, including those who are destitute and seeking asylum in the UK.
Stationed at Mayfield House, Action Homeless’ largest temporary accommodation project, people using the beds will also have access to practical support and help to find a more permanent home. Food, toiletries and clothing will also be provided to ensure that people are warm and comfortable.
Mark Grant, Action Homeless Chief Executive, said;
‘Homelessness is devastating at any time of year but plunging temperatures make it particularly hazardous. We don’t want to see anyone on Leicester’s streets this winter and hope that these beds will be the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness for the people that use them.’
Action Homeless recently launched a Christmas appeal, asking the public for support to make the festive season a little brighter for those facing homelessness. More details can be found here.
What to do if you see someone who is rough sleeping?
Please use Tell Streetlink if you see someone rough sleeping to help link them with local support. You will be asked to provide some basic location details which will be shared with local outreach teams who will then be able to offer appropriate advice and guidance to the individual concerned.