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Supporting rough sleepers at Christmas

News release issued:

With Christmas just days away, Wyre Forest District Council is asking residents to let them know if they spot anyone sleeping rough on the streets throughout the district.

Anyone who does see a rough sleeper is urged to tell the Streetlink service. Streetlink will pass the details through to the Council and its partners, who will then find the rough sleeper to check if they are already getting help. If they are not, support – including accommodation – can be offered.

The Council works closely with charities and health organisations to help rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness. Shelters and accommodation will be opening across the county for rough sleepers over the Christmas period, 23-27 December.

CCP (Caring for Communities & People) operate the accommodation and shelters on the Council’s behalf. CCP also opens them up at times of severe weather, under the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).

Councillor Ian Hardiman, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Health and Wellbeing said:

“Rough sleeping is a real hardship for some people all through the year, but particularly so at Christmas time. We work very hard with local organisations to support these people and I am very pleased we are able to provide shelter over the festive season that offers both time-out from the weather conditions, company and an opportunity to enjoy some festive celebrations.

“Despite all the services available, you may sometimes still see people sleeping on the street. If you spot rough sleepers in Wyre Forest, please contact Streetlink so that we can arrange support for them.”

More details about how the Council is working to help rough sleepers and how the public can help can be found on our rough sleepers' page.

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