Everyone has the right to a home… or at least a bed for the night.

Outreach

Our reconnection team reaches out to people sleeping rough in Hillingdon, Slough and Heathrow Airport.

Outreach

Our reconnection team reaches out to people sleeping rough in Hillingdon, Slough and Heathrow Airport.

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Ending rough sleeping for good after lockdown.

#EveryoneInForGood

Recent Rough Sleeper counts puts the figure of people sleeping in the streets in England at just under 5,000 people, but it is universally agreed that the real figure is almost certainly higher. Locally it is agreed that the number of people sleeping rough in Hillingdon and Slough is just under 200 people with around 375 people new to the streets over the course of a year. The vast majority of people will register with the local council but some will not and some have become entrenched. It is vital that people know what services are available and are able to trust those who offer services. The most common excuse in working with people sleeping rough is that ‘they won’t engage’.

This is curious as ‘they’ are clearly engaging; to get food and other resources and socialising. There are many community resources that engage people sleeping rough, the café worker, the kind librarian, the local shop owner, the friendly cleaner. People who are not perceived as a threat that regularly see people and are kind and trusted. Engagement is a matter of trust, trust in the person and trust in the resource. We need to look afresh at our Outreach Services, we need to build trust, be kind and have an offer that is genuine, so that everyone who wants to can get off the street.

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Update

Recent actions taken by the government and local authorities have seen most people rough sleeping housed in temporary emergency accommodation during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the leisure industry has been closed many hotels and B&Bs have been procured, whilst purpose built housing associations properties remain empty. We support the ‘everyone in for good’ campaign and are working with our local councils to fast track supported and emergency housing to ensure no one returns to the streets.

There are many individual reasons people find themselves with no choice but to sleep rough but it’s the broken structure of housing in the UK and the lack of adequate services that relegates an increasing number of the most vulnerable people not just to sleep in the open but to life in the margins. Living, sleeping, eating and staying in public spaces means people are often subject to daily public scrutiny, condemnation and sometimes violence. People face stigmatisation, criminalisation and discrimination and we wonder why agencies set up to help are not trusted.

We are part of a group of organisations and individuals that are active in reaching out to people we find sleeping rough and we ask them to trust us.

Trust is earned so we don’t come empty handed, we come with an offer to help people leave the streets for good.

Reconnections Rough Sleeping Stats 2019

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109

Rough Sleepers Reached

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85

Housed

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22

Moved on

Street Link

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0300 500 0914

If you are sleeping rough or concerned about someone sleeping rough, you can use the StreetLink referral system to let us know. StreetLink is a website, mobile app and phone line that enables members of the public to alert us and ensures help and support can be given quickly. Streetlink in Hillingdon can respond in 3 hours.

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Reconnections

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020 8797 9500

Thames Reach

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0300 500 0914

Thames Reach make direct contact with people sleeping rough at the airport and provide emergency response when contacted.

Heathrow Travel Care

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0208 745 7495

We are at the airport once a week to help people into local housing. We then work with people for six months to help people transition from sleeping rough to successfully managing a tenancy. If you are sleeping rough at Heathrow Airport visit Heathrow Travel Care at Heathrow Airport: Room 00142, North Wing, Terminal 3 Arrivals, TW6 1BZ.

Hillingdon Outreach Team

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01895 250111

We are a network of local activists concerned about the plight of local people sleeping rough on the streets. We supply tents, sleeping bags, clothes and food and any assistance needed to keep someone alive whilst they are forced or chose to live on the streets.

HIllingdon Community Mental Health Team

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0800 0234 650

Our community mental health teams work with patients to develop recovery goals and offer continuity of care. They will assess the needs of the patient to make sure the treatment provided is personalised. They also offer more intensive care when people need it most and help patients to work towards greater independence in managing health and wellbeing.

Heathrow Police

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Support our multi-disciplinary teams when conducting rough sleepers count at the Airport for safety and assistance.

Help the Homeless in Hillingdon

We are a network of local activists concerned about the plight of local people sleeping rough on the streets. We supply tents, sleeping bags, clothes and food and any assistance needed to keep someone alive whilst they are forced or chose to live on the streets.

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