Providing shelter in cold weather – and SWEP, Severe Weather Emergency Protocol support
In the winter, Hope tries to extend its hours to offer greater shelter to vulnerable rough sleepers. Hope has also supportsedthe running of SWEP in our day centre when needed, providing an emergency shelter where the street homeless can stay for extended hours in the daytime and early evening, and even overnight to get out of the cold and rain. We accommodated over 35 people on some nights during the very cold weather in the winter of 2017-18.
It makes a real difference: the difference between life and death. Seven homeless people died during that winter, and others, who hesitated before coming to SWEP, suffered the consequences of being out in the cold. One SWEP user, a man with learning difficulties, who was denied access to another shelter due to £80 rent arrears he owed, lost most of his toes to frostbite in March 2018.
During the winter of 2019-20 we are open until 8pm each evening and additional Saturday afternoons and Sunday morning, giving a total of 68 open hours a week. We are working with other community groups to offer hot meals in the evening, including Earths Lonely Angels.
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