Teams reach out to rough sleepers during annual count
Advice and support were offered to people sleeping rough in Northampton during the annual rough sleepers count on Thursday, 1 November.
More than 36 volunteers from Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire Police and local support agencies, took part in the count which identified 26 people sleeping rough in the borough on 1 November.
The Borough Council organised the statutory count in line with Government regulations and saw the teams of volunteers seek out and engage with people sleeping rough. As per the regulations, those sleeping in tent encampments and those housed overnight at Nightshelters, were not included in the final numbers, which were verified by Homeless Link.
Of the 22 males and four females that were found sleeping rough, 17 were already known to the Council’s street outreach team. The street outreach team regularly monitor borough streets, reaching out and engaging with the individuals sleeping rough to offer support and signpost to local services, including the Council’s Nightshelter.
On the evening of 1 November, 17 men were booked into the Nightshelter and since it opened in February 2017, has had 242 guests, 157 of which have successfully moved into settled accommodation.
Councillor Stephen Hibbert, Cabinet member for housing and wellbeing, said: “I’d like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to take part in the count on 1 November.
“Sleeping rough is dangerous and has a serious impact on people’s health and wellbeing and so the count is an essential yearly activity to keep updated on numbers and provide additional opportunities for reaching out and offering support to those in need.
“Despite the increase in number of rough sleepers found, we are really proud of what the Council’s Nightshelter has achieved in such a short time. We will now follow up the information collected during the count, with the aim of getting each one found off of the streets. The information will also help us plan our services in coming years.”
For more information about the night shelter and how to get involved, visit www.northampton.gov.uk/northamptonnightshelter