We have an Assertive Outreach Team who go out onto the streets of  Dorset (except for Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole) to help people off the streets and into accommodation.

The service works assertively with:

  • All rough sleepers
  • Those insecurely housed and at immediate risk of rough sleeping
  • Those leading street-based lifestyles which may involve begging and street-drinking

Pro-active Outreach

The service pro-actively identifies rough sleepers through regular outreach sessions and responds swiftly to local reports of people sleeping rough or engaged in street-based activity.

Community Support

The service actively works with the public, local businesses, statutory and voluntary agencies to improve the lives of rough sleepers, increase understanding and awareness of rough sleeping and reduce anti-social behaviour and to improve the environment.

Multi-agency partnerships

The service takes a multi-agency and person-centred approach to supporting people off the streets and into appropriate accommodation and services, as quickly as possible.

Safe relocation

The service seeks to secure a rapid, supported re-connection for rough sleepers who are not from the local area and wish to return home.

If you see someone sleeping rough tell us via streetlink.

Accessing this service

All referrals must go through Streetlink, but if you would like to speak to the team for any other reasons, please contact the service during office hours, using the details below:

The Lantern
2 Ranelagh Road

01305 236 585
Team Leader: 07757 727 016