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Staysafe is Launched!

Many people may be wondering ‘What is happening with Sleepsafe this year?’.  With social distancing regulations in place due to Covid-19, Sleepsafe is unable to be hosted by churches this winter. In previous years, Sleepsafe supported rough sleepers trying to access accommodation and local services with temporary beds in multiple churches in the local area.

Sleepsafe was a very effective programme, which has helped 200 of people off the streets over the last 5 years. There are plans to reopen once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

Throughout Sleepsafe, three important needs for rough sleepers were identified: to have purpose, activity and friendship. All of these are crucial to help those coming off the streets to stay off the streets and move into a place of thriving, not just surviving. Out of this need, a new and innovative project, Staysafe, has been created.

Staysafe offers daytime support for people who have come off the streets and are in emergency or temporary accommodation.  We deliver purpose, activity, and friendship at a church venue throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  We welcome ex-rough sleepers who want to be active and feel that they have purpose. The overall aim is for our guests to get connected to community where they can build healthy and forward-looking relationships. Individuals have opportunities to improve their situation, to keep from returning to the streets and find a way out of just surviving to thriving in life.

Find out more on the BCARS website here.

 


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