Update 19 February 2018
As a result of much improved team work and additional government funding there are fewer people rough sleeping in Cornwall than last year. Out of all of the local authority areas in the country, Cornwall showed the biggest reduction in rough sleepers. In November 2016 there were reported to be 99 people sleeping on the streets and by November 2017 that figure had been cut to 68.
There is still so much more that needs to be done. I am pleased that leading experts from homelessness charities, housing, including Cornwall Housing and local government met for the first time recently as part of the government’s new rough sleeping advisory panel and committed to work together to help eliminate rough sleeping within a decade.
Update July 2017
Cornwall Council has new responsibilities to ensure effective partnership working that prevents people becoming homeless in Cornwall. They have been additional funding specifically to tackle rough sleeping. Here are the plans they have recently launched:
Update April 2017
I was pleased to meet with Ocean Housing Homeless team to hear about the progress in building a new dedicated facility for homeless people. Also to learn about the recently produced report that demonstrates the success of the Homeless Hospital Discharge Scheme at Treliske. You can read this report here:
Update 17th March 2017
Cornwall is to benefit from a £1.2 million Flexible Homelessness Support Grant, this funding is to both prevent rough sleeping and support those rough sleeping.
Update 5th January 2017
It is hugely important that homeless people are offered the help they need. In some cases it can be reasonably straightforward to enable a rough sleeper to get back on their feet, but in many other cases there are deep-rooted problems that mean individuals find it hard to engage with the support available to them.
It is important that we are all aware of the support on offer to homeless people so that we are able to help those who are affected by it.
Thankfully there are several excellent support services both in Cornwall and nationally that offer help to some of the most vulnerable people in society.
If you encounter a rough sleeper you may refer them to support through the following services:
- Devon & Cornwall Rough Sleeper Partnership Tel: 0800 151 3441
- Street Link: http://www.streetlink.org.uk/ Tel: 0300 500 3441
- St Petroc’s Tel: 01872 264153 (open 9.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday)
In Falmouth the Dracaena Centre provides free cooked breakfasts, tea and coffee, cakes, showers and washing facilities as well as advice on housing and alcohol & drug abuse. The Centre, located on Dracaena Avenue, is open from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.
The Highway Community Centre run foodbanks in Penryn and Falmouth. These are open on Wednesdays 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm at Miss Peapods, Jubilee Wharf and on Fridays 10.00 am – 11.00 am at Falmouth Methodist Church on the Moor. The Highway Community Centre may be contacted on 01326 378433 or via email at email@example.com.
For those based in Truro, Truro Homeless Action Group serves breakfast every morning at St John’s Hall, Strangways Terrace, Truro, between 7.30am – 8.30am with festive lunches on Christmas Day and Boxing Day from noon to 2pm (no breakfast is served on these days).
On Mondays St Petroc’s at 8 City Road, Truro provide pasties at 18:30. A soup run is provided at the Piazza in the Town centre every Tuesday evenings at 17:45 while a hot meal is provided at St John’s Hall, Strangways Terrace on Friday evenings between 18:00 – 18:45.
Food bank opening times in the Truro area are detailed below:
Monday: Truro Methodist Church between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday: Highertown Parish Church Hall between 10.00 am – 12.00 noon
Thursday: Truro Methodist Church between 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
The Roseland Foodbank delivers food to clients by arrangement. They can be reached on: 077 2172 1669
Below are other contact details for organisations that may be useful for homeless people:
- CAP (Christians Against Poverty) are a debt counselling charity. Tel: 01872 279534
- Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall Tel: 03444 111 444
- Cornwall County Council Tel: 0300 1234161
- Health for the Homeless Tel: 01872 242294
- Samaritans Tel: 01872 277277
- Shelter Tel: 0344 5152300
- Social Services Tel: 01872 278533
- Cosgarne Hall, which provides accommodation and support for homeless people in Cornwall, is available on: 01726 74186
The hard-working organisations mentioned above help many in Cornwall who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It is important that everyone is aware of the support on offer to homeless people so that we are all able to help those most in need.
Update 14 September 2016
Shelter run a Hospital Discharge Service at Royal Cornwall Hospital with St Petrocs, Coastline Housing and Cornwall Housing Ltd which helps patients being discharged from hospital who are facing homelessness.
Over the past year more than 200 Cornwall hospital patients facing homelessness have found a home after being discharged.
If you or someone you know faces homelessness once being discharged from hospital you can phone Shelter’s free helpline on 0808 800 4444 to speak to an expert adviser.