Open Morning at Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub
On the 5th December Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub – Bedford, held their first Open morning. As part of Homeless Awareness Week, the team offered pre-booked tours, welcoming professional and members of the general public into the centre for an opportunity to learn more about the project.
Lisa Harrison, SMART Area Manger explained: “Bedford locals were able to see what’s happening on the ground and to gain a little insight into the challenges that homeless people face when trying to access help. Our team were on hand to answer questions, provide information about how the hub works and to discuss homelessness in general. It’s vital for everyone to work together to reduce homelessness in Bedford and a part of this is helping the public understand more about what we do and how they can help.”
About the Hub
Bedford Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub is open 24 hours a day, offering emergency homelessness advice and somewhere safe for people who are sleeping rough to stay for a short time. Professional advice is on offer from a variety of support services, including SMART, to help people find the best way back into a settled home. The Hub has been made possible following a successful bid by the Council to the Government, with over £450,000 awarded to deliver the service.
Pictured below are some of the guests who attended the first tour, including representatives from East London Foundation Trust (NHS Community Mental Health Team), Saturday Outreach Squad (SOS), Bedford Borough Council and SMART.
Pictured below are some of the team at the Hub. From left to right: Nikki Little – SMART Deputy Manager, Annaliza Large – Bedford Borough Council Navigator, Tabitha Resta, Rough Sleeper Coordinator, Customer Directorate, Bedford Borough Council and Chris Abrahams – SMART Outreach Worker.
How to access the Hub
People who are rough sleeping or are at imminent risk of homelessness are referred by the Housing Options Team at Bedford Council, the SMART Prebend Centre, SMART’s Night Beds or any of Bedford’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Services. If you are concerned about anyone rough sleeping, you can call the national 24-hour rough sleeping referral line ‘StreetLink’ on 0300 500 0914 or visit www.streetlink.org.uk
Pictured below is Lorena Niro, Bedford Borough Council Local Lettings Officer, based at the Hub.
Pic Pictured below is Abiola Reis, Bedford Borough Council Navigator, based at the Hub.