Published on 15 March 2022
Archived on 15 April 2022
Stratford-on-Avon District Council reports the number of rough sleepers across the District on a weekly basis, using figures based on intelligence, along with a weekly spotlight street count, and is pleased to be able to advise that in the last four weeks, there has been no evidenced rough sleepers.
The District Council and its partner agencies have worked hard to eliminate rough sleeping across the District since 2017, at which time its annual rough sleeper count reported 17 rough sleepers.
The District Council has been able to achieve this result using a combination of solutions, including:
Elements of the work, accommodating rough sleepers, has been funded via successful bids, made by the District Council to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) as part of the government's Rough Sleeper Initiative programme, with £496,131 awarded since 2019.
The District Council has recently bid again for further funding and expects to find out whether it has been successful in April. Any new Rough Sleeper Funds awarded will be up to 2025.
Those seen begging, particularly on the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon town, are unlikely to be homeless but already have accommodation, either their own tenancy, or emergency accommodation. The District Council and its partners are working together to encourage those who are begging in the town centre to engage with all of the available support.
Cllr Jo Barker, Homes, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio says: "For the District Council to be able to report no rough sleepers is remarkable, and it is reflective of a considerable amount of positive work being done by agencies working in partnership.
"With the Fred Winter Centre now open, providing a hub for all relevant services, it is even easier for partners to work together and those who are homeless to access support.
"However, we are not complacent and recognise that we all need to continue to work to maintain what has been achieved so far. We also know that the next challenge is to support former rough sleepers who have been housed to sustain their tenancies in order to break the cycle of repeated homelessness and rough sleeping."
If local residents are concerned about someone they believe to be rough sleeping, they can report this via the Street Link website: www.streetlink.org.uk/
Residents who wish to donate in order to help those on the street can do so via 'Meaningful Change'.
Stratford Meaningful Change provides an alternative way for the public to give to people rough sleeping or begging. By donating to Meaningful Change, rather than directly to the person on the street, you can be sure your money will go towards making a meaningful change. The money is pooled and will be used to provide for the specific needs of individuals on the street in Stratford.
You can now make your donations to Meaningful Change using the contactless donations points available at: Roly's Fudge, Henley Street; HR Café, Windsor Street; Lush, High Street and Tesco Express, Bridge Street or you can donate via the Meaningful Change website https://meaningfulchange.org.uk/
There are several organisations in Stratford that can help and support those sleeping rough.
P3 Charity: housing-related floating support service to over 25s in Warwickshire: 0808 164 6220
St Basils: housing-related floating support to those aged 16 to 25 in Warwickshire: text NEED ST BASILS to 62277 or call 01789 332 540
CGL: alcohol and drug treatment centre: 16 Court St, Leamington Spa, CV31 2BB Tel: 01926 353513
Spring Housing: providing accommodation and support services to individuals who are at risk of homelessness: 0121 663 1443.
Spring are also be managing the Fred Winter Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon - a community hub supporting local people with a focus on providing housing plus a range of services which address homelessness and hardship - https://fredwintercentre.org.uk/
Citizens Advice Bureau: 25 Meer Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. Tel: 01789 200136
JobCentrePlus: Martin Raff House, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9DA. Tel: 0345 604 3719
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575