Severe weather protocol is extended to support rough sleepers
Published on 6th March 2018
The county wide severe weather protocol (SWEP) has been extended, despite temperatures being higher than the guidelines of the protocol.
The borough council took the decision on Monday to extend this provision for a further three nights and this will be reviewed again on Thursday.
The council provides emergency accommodation when there is a temperature forecast of zero degrees or lower for three or more consecutive days, or minus 3 degrees or lower for one night only. This applies to everyone who is rough sleeping and without the financial means or capacity to secure accommodation during the period of extreme weather.
Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing said: ‘’We have taken the decision to extend our provision partly because of the severe weather last week and also following a request from our partners at P3, who provide outreach services on our behalf.
‘’At this time of year it is more important than ever for the council to work with other charities and organisations across our town to keep people warm and safe.’’
Dave Jones, deputy chief executive at CCP which provides the crash pad in Cheltenham, said: ‘’CCP has been pleased to be part of the SWEP solution for Cheltenham, which has offered a vital and well planned response from all partners in what has been some very challenging weather conditions. I applaud the decision to extend SWEP by a few days to enable all agencies to fully engage with users of the service and would encourage anyone who is considering volunteering in the winter months with homeless charities to contact Volunteering Gloucestershire at www.volunteerglos.org.uk for further information.’’
If a member of the public is concerned about a rough sleeper please report this to the outreach team via streetlink by visiting www.streetlink.org.uk, downloading the Streetlink app, or calling 0300 500 0914.
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Notes: SWEP is carried out on the council’s behalf by the charity P3 who manage the assertive outreach service in Gloucestershire and work with some of the county’s most vulnerable individuals. P3 will actively search for people who are new to sleeping on the streets or who are longer term rough sleepers with complex needs and will try and support them to enable them to access appropriate accommodation, support, and healthcare to begin their journey into longer term sustained housing.