Rough sleeping down in Adur and Worthing
Released: Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Rough sleeping is down this winter in Adur and Worthing, early figures suggest. Data gathered by Adur & Worthing Councils shows that 15 people are regularly sleeping rough locally.
Official government figures will be released in February, but rough sleeping numbers appear to have remained level, thanks to efforts by the Councils and their partners in the Worthing Rough Sleepers team. Made up of representatives from the police, health and social services and local charities, the team meets weekly to discuss individual cases and tackle underlying issues.
Early this winter Adur & Worthing Councils stepped up their support for rough sleepers activating Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP). For a period of time, this released funding for local homelessness organisation Turning Tides to provide extra overnight accommodation for those in need.
The Councils' Outreach teams, supported by Worthing Tabernacle, also provided a drop-in centre from 7am to 9am when the shelters closed and until day services opened.
Councils' staff continue to be out and about ensuring that vulnerable individuals are directed to relevant services. And businesses and residents are encouraged to play their part. This includes:
- connecting rough sleepers to local support services via the Streetlink app. The reports are checked and responded to by Adur & Worthing Councils' Outreach staff and Rough Sleeper Coordinator
- buying those on the street food and hot drinks rather than gifting money
- reporting any instances of antisocial behaviour to the police
In Worthing this winter there are 24 night shelter places for the rough sleeping community. These beds are provided by Worthing Winter Night Shelter faith groups with an additional shelter funded by central government and delivered by Turning Tides.
There is also significant supported accommodation available for single homeless people, including beds provided by Turning Tides, Southdown Independent Living Scheme, the YMCA, Sanctuary and Homegroup.
Cllr Carson Albury, Executive Member for Customer Services for Adur District Council, says:
“We are very grateful to all our partners - whether public service organisations, charities or volunteers for all their hard work. The challenge is still there, but we have made good progress and work well together.”
Cllr Heather Mercer, Executive Member for Customer Services for Worthing Borough Council, says:
“The excellent work done by our team and with our partners in the Rough Sleepers team has really paid off. Their understanding of the need to deal with all aspects of a person's life to help them through a difficult period is what makes the difference.”
Photo: Street sleeping in a shop doorway
Photo: Adur & Worthing Councils' Street Outreach Workers Georgina Baumann and Carl Sutherland
Photo: Members of the Street Outreach Team; Council Employment and Skills Coach; Turning Tides Pathway Coordinator; and Turning Tides Substance Misuse Worker
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