No Night Shelter in Devizes this Winter

Despite recent cold nights Devizes Opendoors trustees have decided not to open a trial night shelter during February and March. The plan had been to open at week-ends and during times when the temperature was forecast to be at or below freezing for three or more nights. However, trustees have just heard their application for a grant has not been successful. It is also now clear that some of those who have been sleeping rough have recently been helped to find accommodation in other towns by Wiltshire Council.

The number of rough sleepers the Shelter might have catered for was only ever going to be as high as six. Now that several of those have no need of such provision, that leaves just one or two to cater for. The trustees believe that more cost-effective ways of sheltering such small numbers could be found, including arrangements like a bed and breakfast scheme. They also agreed that more time and effort now needs to be invested in a Befriending scheme so that sofa surfers and other homeless people are offered more ongoing support, as they seek to better their circumstances. If anyone reading this would like to contribute to the discussion of either scheme, please get in touch with John by phone (07828 041152) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).