Help for people sleeping rough

Peterborough City Council has opened its winter night shelter and emergency provision to support rough sleepers.

The Peterborough Winter Night Shelter opened will remain open until 11 March. The shelter is run by a group of seven churches working together with the council to help reduce rough sleeping.

People wishing to access this provision need to visit the New Haven Night Shelter, 21 Towler Street, Peterborough or the council’s Housing Needs team at Bayard Place to complete a referral form.

People who are homeless can access an emergency night shelter at Fairview Court, 1 Oundle Road, Peterborough. People looking to use this service should be at Fairview Court at 10pm.

This emergency provision is only temporary until the temperature increases.

Councillor Irene Walsh, cabinet member for communities for Peterborough City Council, said: “Nobody needs to sleep rough in Peterborough. Not every town and city adopts this approach, but in Peterborough nobody has to sleep rough.

“There are a range of services and options that are made available and offered to every rough sleeper, including a winter night shelter and support for those who are struggling with mental health issues or are reliant on drugs or alcohol. In addition, the emergency provision will be in place until temperatures rise.

“The fact remains that there are still some people who refuse to accept help for a number of different reasons. We continue to engage with these people and offer them support, should they require it.”

If you know of someone sleeping rough please notify the council as soon as possible using the rough sleeper referral form on www.peterborough.gov.uk.

Further information is also available on the council’s website about what someone should do if they find themselves in housing difficulty.

People are able to make donations towards the winter night shelter provided by charities in Peterborough by visiting https://mydonate.bt.com/events/pwns1718

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