Harbour Place Blog – Encouraging rough sleepers to engage
This is not always easy, but the Team continue to look for ways to encourage people who sleep rough to use the services of Harbour Place.
Breakfasts for rough sleepers are held three mornings a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10.00 AM and 12 noon. This has proved popular – providing an opportunity to offer support with benefits, housing or health issues as well as hot food and warm drinks. There is also access to showers and basic supplies e.g. toiletries and clean clothing.
The Outreach Team are also out on the streets most days – speaking to people who rough sleep and building relationships. We liaise closely with other agencies to locate areas where people may be sleeping, and receive information from members of the public – which we always follow up. If you are aware of a person rough sleeping please let us know – offering them support as soon as possible will give them the best chance of getting back into stable accommodation.
Some of you will have seen people begging on the streets of town. It may look as if they are all rough sleeping but we know that is not always the case. We understand the wish to help people by giving them cash – but unfortunately the money is often used to support an addiction and does not help in the long run. We would suggest instead of giving to any of the local charities who support the homeless and other vulnerable groups.
For how to report a person rough sleeping see how to Report a Rough Sleeper