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Help for rough sleepers this winter

Bridgend County Borough Council will be teaming up with local organisations such as the Wallich, the Zone, Gwalia and more to support rough sleepers this winter.

They’ll be working in partnership to make sure that homeless people have a warm, safe place to sleep and can access a range of help and support.

In the mornings, a breakfast run will offer hot food and drink between 6:30am and 9am as well as sleeping bags, warm clothing, toiletries and other important items.

Between 9.30am and 12noon, a drop-in centre at The Wallich in Park Street will provide a safe environment with washing facilities and telephone and computer access.

An afternoon drop-in service will become available at The Zone in Dunraven Place between 1.30pm to 4.30pm during the week, and between 9am and 12 noon on Saturdays.

Then at night, the floor space scheme will provide a safe, dry and warm place to sleep. This is available between 8pm and 8am at The Elms in Bridgend Industrial Estate, with extended hours on Bank Holidays or if the weather becomes severe.

The floor space is allocated on a daily basis, and people can apply between 3pm and 5pm through the Gwalia Local Support Hub which is based at the Brackla Street Centre.

People become homeless for all sorts of reasons, and there are a number of local organisations in place to provide help, advice and support.

The council’s Housing Solutions team ensures that housing applications can be made all year round and at any time of the night or day. Working in partnership makes perfect sense as we share the ultimate aim of getting rough sleepers off the street and into full-time accommodation.

If anyone is concerned about a rough sleeper, they can alert the local authority by using the Street Link app available on the Street Link website. It’s a quick and easy way of ensuring that someone can get access to the help they need.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations Support

You can contact the Housing Solutions team by calling 01656 643643 or emailing talktous@bridgend.gov.uk

For general enquiries, please contact Bridgend County Borough Council's customer contact centre:

Telephone: 01656 643643
Opening hours:

09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Thursday; 
09:00 to 16:30 Friday.

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