The Whitechapel Centre is contracted by Liverpool City Council to provide a humanitarian and co-ordinated response to the needs of rough sleepers over the winter period, during periods of severe weather. This provision involves the operation of the City’s Severe Weather Provision, which opens when trigger temperatures are reached or other severe weather events are predicted.
Until this winter the service operated from a Church near to the centre of the city. The premises are not available this year, however, so we are currently working to secure planning permission for a new venue. While new premises are secured, we are using the Council's commissioned hostel services, and other venues – as a temporary solution. Due to a range of issues and in order to ensure that access to the service can be co-ordinated between rough sleepers, the Street Outreach Team and other referrers, it has been necessary to co-ordinate access through the No Second Night Out service on 0300 123 2041. This will better manage the impact for the hostel provider/s and their residents.
The Provision is open to Rough Sleepers from 10pm through to 8am the following morning when:
The service will remain open every night until overnight temperatures increase to above 2°C / the Severe Weather event warning has passed.
The service provides safe shelter, warmth and support for rough sleepers.
Support is given to help rough sleepers access accommodation, as well as advice and signposting to health, substance misuse, benefits and other agencies.
Provision is only for known rough sleepers who would otherwise be sleeping out if provision was not available. The service aims to be as inclusive as possible and will manage risk on a case by case basis to ensure the most excluded individuals can be admitted each night.
Whitechapel’s Outreach Team undertakes street outreach to notify all known rough sleepers.