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20 extra beds provided this winter

During the forth-coming cold winter months, Julian House will be providing an extra 20 beds supporting rough sleepers who are at the risk of death on the streets in Bath.

The Safesleep hostel will operate from 1st November, next door to the existing Manvers St hostel in the basement of the Baptist Church. There will also be extra specialist outreach staff encouraging rough sleepers to move off the streets and into our care.

Our hostel is under Manvers Street Baptist Church. We’ve been providing safe accommodation for over 30 years.

In addition to providing a safe alternative to rough sleeping, this facility will also allow Julian House staff to engage more effectively with clients and in turn provide better prospects for moving them on into sustainable accommodation.

Last winter Julian House provided emergency accommodation provided an extra 2377 bed spaces to 131 clients during Safesleep. One of those was Tom.

Tom stayed at Safesleep from the day it opened and was then transferred to the Manvers St hostel after 22 nights. Tom is an older gentleman with some substance misuse issues and minor health needs. His progress in the hostel was marked and he is now living in a shared house, supported by visiting Julian House staff.

Over winter, we’ll be providing 50 bed spaces to ensure rough sleepers have a safe place to stay.

Safesleep is being funded by central government following the success of the project last winter, however Julian House is in desperate need of sleeping bags. Any donations of sleeping bags would be gratefully received at either the hostel in Manvers Street, or at 55 New King Street, BA1 2BN.

Millets in Bath are kindly offering a 15% discount to anyone buying a Eurohike Adventure sleeping bag if they quote ‘Julian House’ when purchasing.