On the 1st of October, we'll open the doors of the first winter shelter project for North Devon’s homeless in partnership with North Devon District Council. Dubbed the Safe Sleep Service, this project aims to provide a warm and safe place for up to 20 male or female rough sleepers who will receive a light meal, bed down and be given breakfast each morning between October 1st of this year and March 31st of next, ensuring that homeless people in North Devon are able to choose to sleep in a secure, warm and dry place this coming winter.

More than staying off the streets

Along with providing a free and safe place for homeless people to sleep, this project enables individuals to establish and maintain strong and effective relationships with welfare professionals from a range of government and voluntary organisations. This ‘in-reach support’, provided at the Safe Sleep venue in the Freedom Centre will enable homeless individuals to overcome common obstacles to finding accommodation - such as lack of I.D or a rental deposit - and create an environment in which people will be able to proactively help themselves by accessing the necessary assistance to reintegrate with our community and find homes.

Our building is the perfect location for the Safe Sleep project, enabling homeless people to not only have a warm and safe location to bed down but also access the free clothing store, shower facilities and comforts that allow for non-threatening sociable engagement. Our staff, who already have experience delivering night shelters as part of NDDC’s emergency shelter statutory compliance, will ensure the smooth running of the service. An additional benefit of holding the Safe Sleep service at the Freedom Centre is the multi-agency housing hub that is based in the same building; ensuring Safe Sleep service users are able to access all the help they need to move from homelessness to appropriate accommodation in one location.

Along with our core team, we will be recruiting a number of new people in both paid and volunteer roles to support the new project and changes to our service that it necessitates. Please take a look at the paid positions that have become available and apply if you feel this is the right step for you.