As the colder nights draw in we would like to let people know the steps that are being taken in line with the Doncaster Winter Plan to ensure there is provision in Doncaster for anyone that is homeless that needs a bed and support from services.
Under the Winter Plan, extra beds are being made available for anyone sleeping rough in Doncaster through the winter period, whatever the weather – and additional beds will be available for severe cold weather.
As part of our work with the Complex Lives Alliance, St Leger Homes are working in close partnership with Doncaster Council, Riverside Care & Support, Target Housing, Doncaster Foyer, Doncaster Housing For Young People, and others to ensure anyone facing homelessness in Doncaster gets the help and support they need.
Homelessness outreach teams work all year round to engage with people living on the streets, encouraging them to take up offers of support, housing or temporary accommodation. In the run up to winter, we have also been proactive with our partners in making extra efforts to reduce numbers on the streets before the freezing weather takes hold.
We have increased capacity for emergency beds in recent weeks, and this has only been made possible due to the commitment of all partners in Doncaster including: housing providers, health providers, churches and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is formally triggered when the temperature drops to 0 ºC or below for three consecutive nights. When this happens, more temporary emergency beds are make available to anyone who would be sleeping rough.
If you are homeless or think that you are going to become homeless you should contact us on 01302 736000, if outside office hours you should contact 01302 323444.
Alternatively, during office hours you can see a Home Options Officer in person at the one stop shop at The Civic Building in Doncaster during opening hours Monday to Friday: 8.30am-5pm.
In addition to this our outreach workers and support workers will continue to engage with people sleeping outdoors to encourage them to take up the offers of accommodation available to them.
If you need help, or know someone that does, please get in touch.