The BCP council have taken the decision to extend the severe weather emergency protocol (SWEP) in light of the freezing temperatures.
The SWEP procedure ensures that those who are vulnerable and sleeping rough can be provided emergency accommodation during the challenging weather conditions.
Freezing temperatures have remained consistent with the BCP initially making the call at the start of December. Dorset
Homeless charity St Mungo’s work with the council to provide the accommodation to the best of their ability.
As the cold weather continues, the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been extended in #Bournemouth, #Christchurch and #Poole.
If you see someone #SleepingRough, please call 01202315962 to make sure they have somewhere safe and warm to sleep!@BCPCouncil pic.twitter.com/hIjCgz6FNl
— St Mungo's (@StMungos) January 23, 2023
On the process and help that St Mungo’s provide, a spokesperson for the charity said:
“Our team listen to individual’s needs, and help them access the support that is right for them. Our staff help complete assessments and find clients suitable accommodation, and work with a wide range of partners. This isn’t just housing, it can also include mental health services, access to a GP, drug and alcohol services, employment support and much more.”