Night Shelter Project
The Care Society have years of experience in delivering homeless projects. As well as accommodating rough sleepers whenever we can, we realise the importance of the help and support we can offer them in order to help them move forward with their lives, becoming tenants in their own right and valued members of the community. This Night Shelter project has been shown to be effective in reducing homelessness across Mid and Central Wales and in improving the lives of the people we accommodate.
The Night Shelter Project acts in many instances as a last resort. Homeless people who, for one reason or another, are non-priority or have no duty for the Local Authority to house them (under the Housing (Wales) Act 2014), can be temporarily accommodated, keeping them off the streets and introducing them to the help and assistance they may need to turn their lives around.
Features of the project include:
This is a county-wide service. The Night Shelter Hub is based in Aberystwyth but the project is necessarily flexible in that homeless people can be accommodated across the county in a selection of different accommodations, making it available to a greater number of service users and better suited to a rural environment.
24 hour access, 365 days a year. Homeless presentations can be made at any time throughout the day or evening and, once accommodated, the service users are not restricted to one night. We are able to put an emphasis on long-term prioritisation in order to create more stability, giving service users the opportunity to identify and deal with specific issues over a longer term.
Each service user is assigned a dedicated support worker on entry into the project or referred to crisis support and advice through the support team.
Resettlement is addressed through working alongside the Care Society Social Lettings and Bond schemes, sourcing suitable and sustainable future accommodation. These potential tenants will be supported into their tenancies and provided with the skills to maintain them.
A programme of activities is delivered to promote inclusion, confidence building, socialisation, etc. as a stepping stone to engaging with resettlement.
A signposting service to specific agencies in order to address specific needs e.g. substance misuse, mental health, etc.
The night shelter is staffed by fully trained and competent Night Project Workers and staffed throughout the day and night. All the project staff have proven experience of dealing with the demands of a broad and diverse service and client group.