Have you wondered what’s being done across the city to help Rough Sleepers? Questioned how you could do more but you’ve not been sure what to do, or where to start?
Here’s a list of things you could do to help Rough Sleepers in Coventry
- Say hello.
- Advise them to go to Steps for Change, 8 City Arcade (Monday – Friday 9am-3pm). This is a free drop-in service for anyone facing homelessness in Coventry. They can also get a hot drink a bite to eat. They can have a shower and wash clothes there free of charge.
For more details visit The ARC
- Advise them to go to Broadgate House (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm) and present as homeless on the night. They will be assessed to see if they are owed a homeless duty. This is based on the Government’s homelessness legislation.
- Advise them to go to the Harnall Lifehouse (5pm-6am) where they can use one of the 20 rough sleeper beds available each night.
- Check to see if the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated. If so, they can use the Harnall Lifehouse 24 hours a day to escape the weather.
- Until the end of February, Rough Sleepers can use the Coventry Emergency Shelter at Langar House, 6 Doe Bank Lane. This is run by Langar Aid. There they can use one of 20+ rough sleeper beds, get a hot meal and a drink. They can also get a shower. More details can be found here – Coventry Emergency Shelter – CES
- Until the end of March they can use the Coventry Night Shelter ran by Hope Coventry To access this they will need to see Bernardo at Steps for Change
- Advise them they can get two hot meals a day, seven days a week in and around Coventry City centre, for free, regardless of their status. Details of where these meals are served from can be found on Feeding Coventry or by visiting Steps for Change.
- You can make a referral to Street Link. Someone from the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team will visit the person in question and provide you with an update once they have been.
- You can donate to Rough Sleepers in Coventry by visiting Change into Action. You can donate any amount through this website, and be sure that every penny goes to a rough sleeper and the money is being spent safely and on it’s intended purpose.
- Call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team directly on 07590443815. If they are free they will come to you there and then, if not they will visit at the earliest opportunity.
- If you think someone is under 18 and Rough Sleeping, please call the Police on 101.
- If a Rough Sleeper agrees for you to contact any agency on their behalf so you can try to help them, they must sign a letter of consent.
- Advise them to register with a GP.
The Anchor Centre is most likely to be their best option.
- If they look unwell ask them if they need an ambulance.
- If they need food and drink direct them to Steps for Change, or one of the venues listed on the Feeding Coventry page.
How many beds are available for Rough Sleepers in Coventry?
There are currently over 60 rough sleeper beds in Coventry. Nobody needs to be sleeping rough at the minute. And there is NO charge for ANY Rough Sleeper beds.
More information about Rough Sleeping can be found on the Coventry City Council Website – www.coventry.gov.uk/roughsleeping
Would you like to Volunteer to help Rough Sleepers in Coventry?
Many of the services that support Rough Sleepers depend on volunteers. If you want to help and make a real difference, please check out the links below.
Artwork by Michael Snodgrass @snodink on display at Steps for Change, 8 City Arcade
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