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Support for rough sleepers in the heatwave

Published on Wednesday, 24th July 2019

The extreme heat we are experiencing at the moment poses a risk to those sleeping rough and we are working with P3 to provide support.

With temperatures exceeding 28 degrees for three consecutive days, the Council’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been triggered; these arrangements are not limited to the cold and freezing conditions during the winter periods, but apply during extreme hot weather too.

Cllr Chris Watkins, portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said:

“We are keen to ensure that anyone found street homeless has access to bottled water and sun cream - working with our P3 outreach partners, we are funding the supplies which are being distributed right now. Thankfully, since the opening of our rough sleeper hostel on 1 July, we now have fewer actual street homeless individuals and therefore it is hoped that these provisions will be sufficient to see P3 through the heatwave period.

"The hot weather can be just as dangerous as the cold for people living on the streets and we want to help these vulnerable people during this prolonged hot weather period.”

Esther Barrett, Head of Support and Community Services for P3 said:

“We’re delighted to receive funding from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council for the provision of water and sun cream, to be handed out to people who are sleeping rough during this extreme weather.

“Our Nuneaton hub is open Monday to Friday between 1-3pm for people to collect these items, spend some time in the shade and access housing related support to exit the streets. Our street outreach team is also out daily to offer support and ensure these items reach as many people sleeping outside as possible. Call us free on 0808 164 6220 for further information.”

Anyone concerned about someone sleeping rough should report it via the number above or refer to the P3 website  www.p3charity.org/services/warwickshire-street-outreach