HOPE Community Service will be delivering drop-in sessions for rough sleepers which will take place every Friday, between 10.00am - 2.00pm (holiday period exceptions). The drop-in, which is a multi agency service, will provide support and advice around substance misuse, harm reduction and physical health check-ups and is being delivered by professionals. No appointment is needed.
Severe winter emergency provision (SWEP)
Each year the Council is required to have a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol in place for the winter months to ensure that no one is left sleeping rough during periods of cold and/or inclement weather. The aim of the SWEP is to provide a warm and safe environment for rough sleepers to access during the coldest months of the year where they can receive support, food and other services.
This year the Council’s SWEP is being delivered by HOPE Community Services from their emergency access hostel at 13 Queen Street, Worksop until 31st March 2020 and will be in operation every night from 7pm - 7am.
Anyone needing to access the shelter during this time must contact the Council’s Housing Needs Team by no later than 4pm each day Monday to Friday so that a referral and risk assessment can be arranged. You can contact the Housing Needs Team by visiting any of the Council’s offices, telephoning 01909 533533 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday. You can also make a digital enquiry using the our 'Make a Homeless Enquiry' form or post on the Facebook page. If you have no transport and are unable to get to the shelter in Worksop, the Housing Needs Team will arrange for this to be provided.
If you become homeless and require assistance or access to the SWEP outside of normal office hours ie after 5pm Monday – Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Bank Holidays, you should telephone the Council’s Out of Hours Emergency Service on telephone number 0800 590 542.
Services for those sleeping rough
Bassetlaw District Council
You can present as homeless to the Housing Needs Team Monday – Friday between 9am – 5pm. You can come into any of the Council’s offices and speak to someone in person or over the phone who will carry out an assessment of your circumstances and needs. They will provide you with emergency accommodation if you meet the necessary criteria and advice and assistance to help you find settled accommodation. You may also be able register a housing application to get you onto the waiting list for accommodation and receive help to get over any barriers that might prevent you from obtaining this. If you become homeless outside of the above times, the Council operates an out of hours emergency service which is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days per week (0800 590 542)
The Council will also provide emergency shelter during the winter months where you can access a safe and warm place over night and receive help and support with finding accommodation, support, health needs etc. Details of this will be publicised on the Council’s Website, Twitter etc
County Street Outreach Team
Service delivered by Framework and offers help and support to everybody who is sleeping rough in Bassetlaw. They carry out regular checks of locations where rough sleepers are known to bed down so that advice and practical assistance to help you find accommodation and get help with support, mental and physical health problems, benefits and drug and alcohol problems can be given
Framework Housing Association
Offer supported accommodation at 55/57 Potter Street, Worksop, move on accommodation at other locations and the Moving Forward service for those experiencing mental health difficulties. The Moving Forward service works in close partnership with the statutory mental health teams, other voluntary services, carers, groups and communities to provide the skills and support that you will need to enable independent living.
HOPE Community Services
Hope Community Services runs Nottinghamshire’s only 24/7, direct access Emergency Accommodation Hostel, which is located in Worksop. Hope provides shelter and support seven days a week, 365 days per year. They also welcome pets in the Emergency Accommodation and work with the Dogs Trust to ensure dogs that come into the premises are looked after suitably and have everything they need to be healthy and safe. If you are sleeping rough and need a bed for the night, you can telephone the emergency hotline number or call into the hostel to speak to a support worker.
Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
Free, confidential service for adults across Bassetlaw with drug and alcohol problems.
Based at Crown House, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop and works in partnership with statutory and voluntary organisations to offer help and advice to safely reduce alcohol and drug intake, finding accommodation, addressing health needs, finances etc. You can call in Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.30am – 5pm and Wednesday 1 – 5pm
Based at Queen’s Buildings, Worksop – you can call into the job centre between the hours of 9am – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 10am – 5pm Wednesday and speak to an advisor who will provide advice and help to claim for benefits and find employment. If you are homeless, with your approval, they will also help you to find accommodation by making a referral to the Council’s Housing Needs Team. This is known as a Duty to Refer in accordance with the Homeless Reduction Act 2018.
Police Community Support Officers and Police Officers can help anyone sleeping rough to access support and accommodation – tel 101 (non emergency) or 999 (emergency)
Local community and faith based organisations
Trained volunteers from local churches who are usually out on patrol in Worksop and Retford on Friday and Saturday nights between 10.30pm – 3.00am to listen to, support and help those who are rough sleeping. Works in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police and other statutory and voluntary organisations
St. John’s Church, Overend Road, Worksop
Provides Drop In sessions every Thursday between 4.30 – 8pm at the Church Hall
The Well, Baptist Church, Hospital Road, Retford
Provides daily community services such as debt advice, counselling, food bank referrals and luncheon club.
The Crossing, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop
Offers community activities on a daily basis.
Salvation Army, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop
Offer support, help with addictions and finding accommodation - coffee mornings Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 12 noon
- Nottinghamshire County Council
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Universal Credit Helpline: 0800 3285644
- Notts Help Yourself
- Women’s Aid
- North Notts Support Partnership
- North Notts College
- New Roots Housing
- Care Leavers Foundation
- Bassetlaw Community Voluntary Service (BCVS)
- Bassetlaw Food Bank
How to help someone who is sleeping rough
- Telephone Framework Street Outreach Team on 0800 0665356 (24 hours a day, free from landlines and mobiles)
- Report it to Streetlink using the online form
- Telephone Bassetlaw District Council’s Housing Needs or Anti Social Behaviour Teams on 01909 533533 (Mon – Friday 9am – 5pm) or report it using the 'Make a Homeless Enquiry' form.
- Donate food to the local food bank or in supermarkets
- Donate furniture and clothes to local charities
Giving rough sleepers food, clothes and money directly is not the best way to help. Giving money can sometimes do more harm than good, because it can help to sustain drug and alcohol addiction and does not encourage people to make a change of lifestyle.
Last Updated on Monday, December 9, 2019