This page is to provide information to the public, other organisations and rough sleepers who have access to the internet
WHO CAN I INFORM THAT I'VE SEEN A ROUGH SLEEPER?
P3 - Specialist Rough Sleeper Outreach Team for Lincolnshire
Tel: 0808 281 0280.
Streetlink - enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.
ELDC Homelessness Team
Email - HomelessTeam@e-lindsey.gov.uk
Tel - 01507 601111 (24/7)
WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR ROUGH SLEEPERS?
P3 Street Outreach Team- work with each person to motivate them and encourage them to engage with their staff. The help offered includes not only help to access accommodation, but also support to access relevant services to ensure each person has access to the full range of support that they need. P3 works closely with district and county councils, police, multiple faith and community groups and other voluntary services to identify and support people sleeping rough. They can sometimes also assist with reconnection to the persons own area.
Tel: 0808 281 0280
Salvation Army, High Street, Skegness -Will be offering soup & bread rolls, hot drinks and showering facilities in the near future. Opening date to be confirmed. Support and advice is provided to rough sleepers.
The Royal British Legion - supports serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and their families.
Tel: 0808 802 8080
SSAFA -provides lifelong support to anyone who is currently serving or has ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force. Support and advice is provided to veterans who are rough sleeping.
Tel: 0800 7314880
ELDC -can offer advice and assistance to access accommodation. This will usually be in an area where the rough sleeper has a local connection.
Tel: 01507 601111 (24/7)
There is only one hostel in East Lindsey which is based in Skegness. There is high demand for this hostel and applicants will normally need a local connection. Referrals must be made by a professional and further information can be obtained through any agency the rough sleeper is working with.
The only direct access hostel in Lincolnshire is the NOMAD Night Shelter, Lincoln. The hostel is open from 8.30pm until 8.00am each day. For further details contact the shelter directly
Tel: 01522 883703
It is very difficult to obtain hostel accommodation if a rough sleeper has previously been evicted due to breaking the rules especially if it is because of anti social behaviour, rent arrears, drug or alcohol misuse.
Wherever possible, it is important to ask for assistance with obtaining accommodation during the daytime. Obtaining accommodation outside of office hours, particularly late at night is very difficult.
SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS
During periods of severe weather such as winter conditions where the temperature is zero or below all rough sleepers will be offered accommodation if the Council is made aware that assistance is required. Usually this will be accommodation at a hostel which could be outside of the East Lindsey district if there are no options available within the district or the rough sleeper has connections to other areas of the country.
WHERE CAN FOOD AND DRINK BE OBTAINED FROM?
Trinity Centre, Eastgate, Louth - Louth's Community Larder provides food for those who have none. Referrals can be made by statutory and voluntary agencies. This project was initiated by the Parish but engages Churches Together in Louth & District and the whole community.
Tel: 01507 605803
The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness - Skegness's only Food Bank is based at The Storehouse Church on North Parade, providing 3 days emergency food for local people in financial hardship.
The Skegness Food Bank is supported entirely by volunteers and donations from local churches, businesses and individuals.
Tel: 01754 763362
Horncastle -An independent Food Bank, run by a small group of local volunteers, based in Horncastle Community Centre and serving the local community and surrounding villages.
Tel: 01507 527366
WHAT IF THE ROUGH SLEEPER HAS A DOG?
Some hostels will accommodate someone sleeping rough who has a dog but this might not be possible if they already have residents with dogs. They type of dog will also have to be taken into consideration.
Alternatively the pet might need to be placed temporarily in kennels. The council can offer advice and sometimes some assistance with this.
DO ROUGH SLEEPERS REFUSE HELP?
Some rough sleepers will refuse an offer of accommodation. This could be due to a range of reasons including they do not want to leave the streets or are not ready to do so or they don't want what has been offered.
The council and P3 are aware of most rough sleepers and assistance has usually been offered.
ARE ALL ROUGH SLEEPERS ACTUALLY HOMELESS?
No, the council does occasionally come across people who are choosing to sleep rough even though they have accommodation available to them. They will be encouraged to return to their home and often assisted with transport to get them back to their own area. Some still refuse this offer of help.