Wigan homeless hub to open
Wigan’s new homeless hub will open its door this week offering overnight accommodation to rough sleepers.
Based in Coops Building in Wigan town centre, the hub will not only offer emergency beds to rough sleepers but people staying there will get access to services and support to help them rebuild their lives.
Wigan Council has invested in two hubs, in Wigan and Leigh, offering overnight homeless provision to help tackle rough sleeping and both facilities will be run by The Brick.
Wigan is one of the first across Greater Manchester to offer this type of accommodation.
Alongside the two hubs there are also an additional 15 beds available at St George’s Church in Wigan as part of the Bed Every Night scheme ran by Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham.
This takes the total number of beds available to rough sleepers across the borough to 45.
When accessing emergency accommodation people are also given a hot meal and access to a whole range of support services to prevent them rough sleeping in the future.
This is all part of Wigan Council’s approach to work more closely with the voluntary and private sector to invest in homelessness prevention services and keep people off the streets. In the last year alone 5,000 cases of homelessness have been prevented.
Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for welfare and reform, said: “I am so pleased the Wigan hub will be open before Christmas. Tackling homelessness is more than just offering a bed for the night. It’s about supporting people from the moment they walk through the door, understanding their circumstances and helping them to rebuild their lives.
“By supporting them in this way we can prevent them reaching crisis point in the future. This work is even more important at this time of year.
“We have made significant investments to help support homeless services and will continue to work with providers to deliver a cohesive approach so services can work together to better understand people’s needs.
“We are delighted to be working with partners such as The Brick to deliver these brilliant initiatives and to help people get their lives back on track.”
Louise Green, Operations Director at The Brick, said: "The Brick delivers homeless provision in both Wigan and Leigh and we value our partners who enable us to reach as many people as possible.
"This is the first year we have been able to provide so many bed spaces, thanks to the support from Wigan Council, and together we want to ensure that there are viable options for those who find themselves homeless.
"The Brick's new live web chat service launches on Monday 17th December. We hope that by using this service more people will be able to let us know where rough sleepers are so that we can target our outreach teams to these areas and help people across the borough to start to rebuild their lives."
If you see a homeless person on the streets, please email Rough Sleep with as much information as possible (including their location) or contact The Brick (external link) via web chat.
Those who find themselves on the streets can also ring our out of hours service on: 01942 828777.
Posted on Thursday 20th December 2018