Over the winter months Julian House will be providing 20 extra bed spaces for rough sleepers.
Extra Government funding has allowed Julian House to provide 20 extra bed spaces during the most difficult period of the year for rough sleepers. These will be based in the basement of Manvers St Baptist Church – next door to the existing Julian House Hostel.
The SafeSleep facility will open from 8pm every evening and clients will be able to stay until 9.30 the next morning. After then they will be able to access the day centre next door.
Julian House Operations Director, Roanne Wootten, is delighted that the charity will be able to provide this extra capacity: “Living on the streets is tough and dangerous, particularly over the winter months. Although our outreach team does a terrific job in connecting with rough sleepers it is much easier to do identify needs and support them if they are inside and away from the rigours of the street. We are hopeful that over the coming months we’ll be able to move more people on into some sort of settled accommodation.
It is good that the Government has recognised the issue and listened to the concerns of organisations across the country, including Julian House. We are also indebted to our long-time supporters, Manvers St Baptist Church, for making SafeSleep happen.”