Council provides winter shelters

Severe weather night shelters for the district’s homeless and rough sleepers are being provided again this winter by Bassetlaw District Council.

Severe weather shelters are set up on a nightly basis by the Council when the outside temperature is set to drop below zero degrees centigrade for three consecutive nights.

They provide a safe and warm environment where rough sleepers can stay the night, use the toilet facilities and make themselves a hot drink.

There are currently around 15 people in Worksop and Retford who are known to be homeless and sleeping rough. All have been advised of the shelter by Outreach Workers from Framework, Change, Grow, Live (CGL), the Council, the Police and other homeless agencies.

Cllr Steve Scotthorne, Cabinet Member for Housing at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is an essential shelter for people who are sleeping rough at this time of the year and we continue to work with CGL, Framework and other homeless charities to get people off the streets and let them know about these arrangements over the winter period.

“Homelessness and rough sleeping is a complex issue but, along with our partners, the Council continues to work with the individuals concerned throughout the year to reduce the number of people who are sleeping rough by placing them in the most appropriate accommodation. This is in addition to our work to prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.”

Worksop’s shelter is located at Crown Place Community Centre, Sandy Lane, while Retford’s shelter is located at The Fire Station on Wharf Road.

Weather conditions will be monitored regularly and the opening of shelters will be considered on a nightly basis until 31st March 2019.

Anyone who is homeless can go to the shelter before midnight and will be admitted by the security guards on duty. Both venues will be open simultaneously. The latest opening times for each venue is as follows:

Current opening dates


Retford Fire Station, Wharf Road, Retford

Thursday 17th January - 7pm – 7am

Friday 18th January - 7pm – 7am

Saturday 19th January - 7pm – 7am

Sunday 20th January - 7pm - 7am

Monday 21st January - 7pm - 7am

Crown Place Community Centre, Sandy Lane, Worksop

Thursday 17th January - 7pm - 7am

Friday 18th January - 7pm – 7am

Saturday 19th January - 10.30pm – 7am

Sunday 20th January - 7pm - 7am

Monday 21st January - 10.15pm - 7am

No alcohol, illegal substances or weapons will be allowed into the venues and those who appear to be under the influence of alcohol or other substance may be refused entry. All users will be required to sign in. Users of the shelters are welcome to bring items such as sleeping bags, however, as there are no storage facilities at either venue, all personal items must be removed each day.

Last Updated on Thursday, January 17, 2019

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