ROUGH SLEEPERS will benefit from a cash boost from North East Lincolnshire Council
Rough sleepers will benefit from a cash boost from North East Lincs Council, who have funded emergency winter accommodation at YMCA Humber.
During the winter rough sleepers face significant risks from living outdoors – research has shown that at least 78 homeless people died in the cold months of 2018.
YMCA Humber provides a free service for rough sleepers, giving them a bed, as well as washing facilities, emergency supplies, and advice services.
As temperatures dip the charity opens its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) accommodation for people referred to it by the North East Lincolnshire Gateway team.
Not only does this help by getting people off the streets for a night, but it can also can become a stepping stone away from homelessness by engaging rough sleepers with the charity.
Now funding from NELC has given a further boost to the emergency accommodation.
Debbie Cook, YMCA Humber Chief Executive said:
“There is space for two individuals at YMCA Humber and recent funding from the local authority has allowed us to ensure that this valuable shelter is improved and updated to welcome those most in need.
“Huge thanks to North East Lincolnshire Council for providing £1,000, and Double Tree by Hilton Forest Pines Spa & Golf Resort, for donations of bedding and dressing gowns, that have helped improve this service in 2019.”
A SWEP service user who stayed in the newly refurbished facilitates said:
“I really enjoyed my stay. Having used the SWEP facility at YMCA Humber before, I felt much more comfortable this time round and had a good night’s sleep.”
Supporting rough sleepers is just one of many community services provided by YMCA Humber. Individuals, companies or organisations who want to support the work of the charity should contact YMCA, asking for Leanne Kennedy.