People at risk on the streets of Bournemouth – including young people, sex workers and others – can now seek help from a newly funded van.
The van will be staffed by volunteers from Dorset Working Women’s Project (DWWP) and will take to the streets three times a week in a bid to help those in need either mentally, physically or emotionally.
It will provide a safe haven for those who require the assistance, as well as food and drink, toiletries, clothing and information on safe sex along with protection.
As part of NHS Sexual Health Dorset, the service was born out of Dorset HealthCare’s annual Dragons Den competition.
“It provides much needed support to a vulnerable and marginalised group, in a safer and more comfortable environment,” said Pauline Smyth, co-ordinator at DWWP.
At a cost of £5,300 to get it up and running, it aims to ‘make life on the streets more bearable’, as it regulates its service across Bournemouth.