Agencies set to meet to end the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton

Published: Tuesday, 12 July 2016

More than 50 people, representing more than 30 organisations, are set to meet at the Guildhall tomorrow (13 July) to develop an action plan to end the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton.

The workshop is taking place after a new strategy to tackle rough sleeping was approved by Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet in June. The new strategy, Together We Change Lives, is a fresh approach that has been supported and inspired by local services and organisations who have all pledged to work differently to tackle, prevent and reduce rough sleeping.

During the workshop, participants will kick-start the development of a three-year action plan and discuss how best to achieve the strategy’s objectives including:

  • Setting up a night shelter
  • Reviewing the way food, blankets and sleeping bags are distributed
  • Working with prisons, hospitals, supported housing and social landlords
  • Improving communications and information sharing
  • Developing comprehensive support plans
  • Volunteering, training and employment

Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, will open the workshop and said: “Rough sleeping is a very complex and difficult issue to deal with. I have been impressed and inspired by the work that is being done and the difference it is making to people’s lives. It has been fantastic to see what can be achieved when services work, develop and improve together.”

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, cabinet member for housing, said: “This is an ambitious multi-agency strategy to achieve our goal of ending the need for people to sleep rough in Northampton. Sleeping rough is dangerous and we want to work together in partnership to help build brighter futures for people who sleep rough.”

A copy of the new strategy, Together We Change Lives, can be viewed online.