New winter shelter for rough sleepers


Rough sleepers will have somewhere to go this Christmas and throughout the winter thanks to some new accommodation.

Plymouth City Council has joined forces with partners BCHA, PATH, Shekinah and Plymouth Soup Run to open the currently disused Stonehouse Creek Community Centre overnight from Friday 21 December.

With some of the colder nights of the season still to come, the centre will provide 12 beds to allow rough sleepers to access a warm and safe environment.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Co-operative Development said; “We are all working hard together towards a city where nobody has to sleep rough.

“This Winter provision is a great step in the right direction and will mean that those who haven’t got somewhere to go will be able to shelter from the worst of the weather this winter.

“Thank you so much to our partners, without whose hard work and dedication, projects like these would not be possible.”

The rough sleeper team based at PATH will coordinate referrals into the overnight accommodation which will be open from 8pm to 8am.

If you are concerned about anybody sleeping rough please contact PATH on 01752 255889 or report online at www.plymouth.gov.uk/roughsleeping