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Vital information for rough sleepers in Sefton this winter

Sefton Council has a range of services for rough sleepers throughout the borough which are available all year round.

Services are at hand as we to try and reduce the number of people sleeping rough in Sefton.

This is especially important during the cold winter months between November 2019 and March 2020.

If you are concerned about someone’s wellbeing, please direct them to their nearest Sit-Up services available at both New Start in Southport and Bosco in Bootle.

Services are provided at BOSCO House, Merton Road, Bootle (0151 944 1818) or New Start, Leyland Road Hostel, Southport, (01704 547 741).

Bosco’s Sit-Up provision is available nightly and people can book in between 8pm to 9pm.

An enhanced Sit-Up provision, which will be open and offer more flexible presentation hours, will be offered at New Start’s Leyland Road Hostel and will be open from 8pm until 12pm the next day with light refreshments and a warm, dry, safe environment for people to access with showers and laundry facilities available to people.

As part of this service, outreach teams will proactively seek out rough sleepers and encourage them to access the Enhanced Sit-Up to ensure nobody sleeps rough in Sefton this year.

The help of the public is always appreciated and to report an incident of rough sleeping in Sefton please call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team via Light for Life on 01704 501256 or 07918 746042 outside normal office hours and weekends.

Alternatively, email housing.options@sefton.gov.uk and provide details of the location and any description of the person. We will acknowledge your email and give you a response to your report.

Veterans in Sefton have also been commissioned to provide support to people who are currently serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, both regular and reservists, their families and dependents, who are homeless or threatened with homelessness.

ViS are based at The Brunswick Youth and Community Centre in Bootle.

For any further information call 0151 257 6371 or attend the ‘NAAFI Break’, Wednesdays 10.30am – 12.pm.