Torridge District Council is committed to reducing rough sleeping within the district.
If you are concerned about someone who is sleeping rough, you can ask the Council to connect with them to offer support through StreetLink.
Severe Weather Provision
During periods of severe weather, Torridge District Council ensures that there is a service in place for rough sleepers and can provide safe shelter. This provides an opportunity for engaging with entrenched rough sleepers and hard-to-reach groups.
Services and support
The Council works with different agencies to provide services and support to people who find who themselves homeless and rough sleeping, and these services include:
- Providing an outreach service to rough sleepers. The Council works with a charity called Encompass to go out looking for rough sleepers; to support and engage with them and help in finding housing solutions
- The outreach workers work closely with social care and the drug and alcohol service and anyone rough sleeping can be referred into these services and receive an enhanced outreach service
- Making referrals to supported accommodation through Community Hub
- Working with local food banks to issue vouchers to those we are working with, and who are in crisis
- Help and practical support, including hot food and clothing can be accessed from Harbour, Bideford at 7 Queen Street, Bideford
EX39 2JG. Further information about Harbour, which is a charity, can be found on their website.
- Intagr8 is a Wellbeing Centre located at the Old School Rooms, Bideford, EX39 2BU. The Centre, which opens Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offers a range of services including counselling, advocacy, and help with housing and benefits. Further information about Intagr8 can be found on their website.
A homeless drop in service (including hot food) at St Marys Church, Bideford