Keeping rough sleepers safe this winter

Published: Monday, 11 December 2017

Emergency support is being provided to rough sleepers during the freezing temperatures.

As part of a multi-agency plan to protect vulnerable people during the spells of severe weather through the winter of 2017/18, the Borough Council is supporting the Hope Centre to provide shelter to people who are sleeping rough.

The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) scheme was activated on Thursday, 22 February and is expected to run during the current cold snap, however this will be monitored regularly. 

The SWEP scheme is a partnership agreement between Northampton Borough Council, the Hope Centre, Midlands Heart and NAASH to provide a warm place for rough sleepers to spend the night when the temperature falls below freezing for three consecutive nights.

To access the scheme, people who are sleeping rough will need to meet with a member of the Council’s Street Outreach Team, the Hope Centre or NAASH for assessment.

Shelter will be provided in the Hope Centre at Oasis House between 9pm at night and 7am the next morning, including bedding and food to support them through the cold weather. Anyone wishing to use the scheme must arrive before 11pm.

When the weather improves, help will continue to be provided to those people to find homes or other assistance they need.

Councillor Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said:  “With the temperatures dropping, we will be working with partners to ensure that everyone has the chance to keep warm, eat a good meal and stay safe at night.

“It is also an opportunity for us to show what support is available and how we can help people to get back on their feet.”

Please contact the Council’s Street Outreach Team at if you know of or see anyone who could benefit from the SWEP scheme.