A huge thank you for daytime shelter support
Northampton Borough Council wishes to place on record its thanks for the support it received during the weekend when it opened a temporary daytime shelter for people who are homeless.
The decision to set up a daytime shelter was made in support of the borough’s Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) arrangements that were activated on 22 February to provide homeless people with overnight shelter when temperatures plummeted.
From Tuesday until Friday, the Hope Centre and the Nightshelter extended their opening times to ensure that homeless people had somewhere safe, warm and dry to stay when daytime temperatures remained below zero and the severe windchill increased the risk of hypothermia.
On Saturday and Sunday (3 and 4 March), the Council opened its One Stop Shop from 8.30am until 9.00pm, with nearly thirty Council staff and volunteers giving up their time to provide homeless people with respite from the severe cold and to signpost them to local advice and support services.
Visitors to the One Stop Shop were provided with food prepared by the Midlands Leva Sanga Society. The town’s businesses also rallied around with food, hot drinks and clothing being donated by Domino’s Pizza, Nando’s, McDonald’s, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and the Mormon Church.
Cllr Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “During the past week we have been working with partners to ensure that everyone who is without a home is able to keep warm, have something hot to eat and drink and stay safe.
“The emergency measures we put in place under SWEP are normally focused on night time. However, due to the exceptionally low daytime temperatures, we decided to provide daytime shelter too.
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who helped on Saturday and Sunday. They made a real difference to the 64 people who spent time in the One Stop Shop over the weekend.”
Anyone who sees someone sleeping rough is encouraged to pass on the person's details via the Streetlink website or contact the Council’s Street Outreach Team at [email protected] or on 01604 837344/45.