A Bed Every Night is a commitment to provide a bed, welcome, hot meal and support for anyone sleeping rough in Greater Manchester. The extra provision will operate from 1st November 2018 until 31st March 2019 and will be available throughout this period, regardless of the temperature.
The programme will make every effort to address the needs of those rough sleeping, offering additional temporary accommodation with lower criteria than current provision; removing them from the risk of extreme weather, improving health and wellbeing.
A Bed Every Night is not a sticking plaster but the first stage of a new systematic approach across Greater Manchester to end homelessness. Ideally, we want to move people through emergency shelter into the right accommodation and support option for them, to enable them to stay off the streets.
The staff in the provision will work pro-actively with individuals, referring agencies, accommodation providers and other services to try to find suitable move-on options or reconnection.
There will be two main routes into the winter provision - street outreach teams will go out to people rough sleeping and support them to get into the provision, and people can also go through their town hall, housing advice teams, local support services and out of hours numbers. For more information, see the advice for your local authority below:
People who are known to be rough sleeping are currently being supported to move into the winter provision by the street outreach team. Additional provision will be open soon, including specific areas for women. There will also be extra provision in periods of cold weather for people who want to come inside at that point.
Partners are working hard behind the scenes to get the buildings ready and support staff in place as soon as possible. A range of services across the city will refer into the provision - full information will follow as soon as this is in place. In the meantime, the advice is as follows:
For more advice on what support is available in your area, please select your borough below:
This is a complicated challenge and it won't be perfect right from the start. We will learn and adapt as we go, incorporating new people and new ideas. It will be evaluated by the people coming in to these spaces and judged by who we still meet outside.
Not every environment suits everybody, we will learn about individual needs as we get to know individual people. This gives us the time to work with people and gives people the time to have a stable start for creating a life that makes sense to them.
The people we work with have had varied experiences with the system, not always positive - it takes time, compassion and imagination to rebuild trust in these circumstances. This is where YOU can help - please donate items, time, or money to make A Bed Every Night possible.
We want to provide more than a bed, this provision is an opportunity to form a relationship, to understand the person and have a stable start to making a life that makes sense to them around a safe place to stay. We want to build a supportive, therapeutic relationship for a time of personal crisis that people can be referred in to.
The innovation in this project is the whole region working together; the public sector, voluntary sector, faith sector, grassroots groups, businesses and citizens. Local connection will be GM wide, with individuals reconnected to their local authority the following day where possible.
While we won't turn people away, this scheme is only available to people whose last address was in Greater Manchester. We simply do not have the resources to open it up to people from further afield.
Succeeding in this mission will be a challenge, but one that we must rise to; working together, learning as we go along, and continually adapting how this works based on what people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers tell us. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.