Members from the Barnsley Homeless Alliance will take to the streets of Barnsley on Tuesday, 27 November to carry out the government's annual rough sleeper count.
Since autumn 2010 all local authorities must submit an annual figure indicating the numbers of people sleeping rough in their area. This is achieved by conducting a count or submitting an evidence-based estimate of the number of people rough sleeping on a typical night.
This year Barnsley is undertaking an informed estimate, which is supplemented by intelligence from any agencies who know of someone rough sleeping on the night of Monday, 26 November to the morning of Tuesday, 27 November.
In a bid to tackling homeless and rough sleeping in Barnsley, the Homeless Alliance will set up a stall in Barnsley markets calling on members of the public to donate items such as tinned food, packet soup or noodles, tea, coffee, sugar, toiletries and warm clothing. A full list of items is available on barnsleyhomelessalliance.org.uk.
The stall will be open from Wednesday, 28 November to Saturday, 1 December located at number nine on the ground floor.
Barnsley Homeless Alliance is made up of organisations and charities that support local homeless people. The Alliance works together with Barnsley Council to provide food, clothing, housing, medical care and substance misuse services to help give a future to those on the street through practical and compassionate support and advice.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We're bringing together key local agencies that will have the most accurate information about who is sleeping rough on a typical night. Their knowledge, expertise and intelligence will ensure a wider range of reliable information is assessed to arrive at the estimate.”
“Over the winter period, temperatures will drop significantly, and we want to make a real difference to those people living on the streets of Barnsley and make this time of year a little more comfortable.
“Please help them by helping us and visit our stall in the market. By donating what you can, no matter how big or small, you can help support people to give them a brighter and healthier future off the streets.
“If anyone comes across anyone sleeping rough, please contact the Housing Options team at the Civic, Eldon Street, phone 01226 773870 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
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