Help for rough sleepers

The legal duties to assist rough sleepers may not always extend to the Council providing accommodation. It depends on the individual circumstances of each person. However the Council does provide the following range of services to try and help rough sleepers in the district.

Rough sleepers wishing to self-refer for help or  members of the public that are concerned about someone sleeping rough can use a reporting service available via Streetlink. Reports can be made at any time online or telephone 0300 500 0914. Alternatively contact can be made direct to our Rough Sleeper Support Service 01924 385722 or via email on RC&S.Wakefield@riverside.org.uk

Rough Sleeping Support Service

Riverside provides the Council's Rough Sleeping Support Service and  operates a range of intervention services for rough sleepers – from early identification of those new to sleeping on the streets, to those who've become entrenched rough sleepers and may have been on the streets for some time. This latter category of customer may also have multiple issues, such as addiction and mental health, and they are able to deliver support to these customers. Following reports of rough sleeping an outreach worker will visit the reported location to establish rough sleeping and offer advice and assistance to try resolve homelessness.

Rough sleepers wishing to self-refer for help or  members of the public that are concerned about someone sleeping rough can use a reporting service available via Streetlink. Reports can be made at any time online or telephone 0300 500 0914. Alternatively contact can be made direct to our Rough Sleeper Support Service 01924 385722 or via email on RC&S.Wakefield@riverside.org.uk

Severe Cold Weather Provision

Historically during periods of severe cold weather, the Council has funded Wakefield Baptist Church to open a night shelter for anyone sleeping rough in the district. Unfortunately this year the shelter will not be able to open but alternative accommodation can be offered.

Wakefield Baptist Church will continue to alert partner organisations when this provision is available and how to access the service, however if you wish to check availability on a particular day, please contact the Wakefield Baptist Church on 07477 897929.

Please note that services to resolve rough sleeping exist throughout the year and help can be sourced by making a referral to Rough Sleeper Support Service on 01924 385722 or RC&S.Wakefield@riverside.org.uk or by the national website Streetlink (www.streetlink.org.uk) which connects rough sleepers to local services.

Street Support available in the Wakefield District

Further details of agencies that can support rough sleepers in the district can be found on Wakefield's page of the Street Support Network

Street Support in the Wakefield District - Working together to tackle homelessness in the Wakefield District


Contact us

Homeless Team

Post:
Queens House
Queens Row
Market Street
Wakefield
WF1 1DF

Visitors:
Queens House
Queens Street
Wakefield
WF1 1JR

Phone: 01924 304362 / 304360