Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

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Sleeping rough is very dangerous, especially during freezing temperatures.

Winter often poses the greatest risk to people's health; however, it also provides more opportunities than usual for us to engage with rough sleepers because they may be more likely to accept support at this time of year.

When the overnight temperature in Northampton falls to 0ºC or below and the Met Office forecasts that the freezing temperatures will continue for at least three consecutive nights, a temporary shelter will operate from the Hope Centre in Oasis House for men and women who are sleeping rough in Northampton and have registered for the scheme.

We, in consultation with local homelessness services, will decide when SWEP should operate. We will do this by monitoring the Met Office's weather forecasts and taking into account any weather (including extreme cold, wind and rain) that is likely to increase the risk of serious harm to people sleeping rough.

You can find more information about SWEP on the Homeless Link website.

Northampton's Severe Weather Shelter

When SWEP is operational, a temporary Severe Weather Shelter will operate from the Hope Centre on the ground floor of Oasis House in Campbell Street, Northampton.

The Severe Weather Shelter will be accessible to men and women who are sleeping rough in Northampton, who have registered for SWEP. To register for SWEP, they will have been interviewed and risk assessed by either our Single Homelessness Adviser, a member of the NBC Street Services Team, The Hope Centre or NAASH, and been assessed as not posing an unacceptable risk to other people in the Shelter.

Guests will be admitted to the Severe Shelter from 9pm and must arrive no later than 11pm. Hot drinks and food will be provided until 11.30pm. Guests who use SWEP will be provided with a hot meal, hot drinks, bedding and access to shower facilities. During the evening, and the next working day, they will have the opportunity to access a range of advice and support, including signposting and referrals to other services.

To ensure that SWEP is safe and effective, everyone who uses SWEP must comply with a set of rules. We and our partners reserve the right to exclude anyone who does not comply with these rules or poses an unacceptable risk to other people in the shelter.

Volunteer to help

If you would like to help with the running of the Severe Shelter, please view the job description and apply online:

Donations for SWEP

Donations of food and warm clothing are always welcome so, if you would like to make donations when SWEP is operational, please contact Tara Scarth (our Single Homelessness Pathway Manager):

What to do if you see a rough sleeper

If you identify someone who is sleeping rough, please contact our Street Outreach Team and encourage the person to visit the Guildhall to see our Single Homelessness Adviser as soon as possible.

Our Single Homelessness Adviser runs a drop in at the One Stop Shop, Monday to Friday 10am until 4pm, and will complete a full assessment of the person's needs (including a referral to emergency accommodation if appropriate).