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  • Writer's pictureDan Heley

SWEP activated to protect rough sleepers with freezing temperatures forecast

North Somerset Council has today activated its Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) in order to safeguard rough sleepers.

SWEP is activated when there is a real risk of loss of life due to weather conditions, it is initiated when the "feels like" night-time temperature is predicted to be zero degree Celsius or below for three consecutive nights.

North Somerset Council has partnered with the homeless and vulnerable adult charity in Weston; Somewhere To Go, to provide temporary overnight accomodation.

Lisa Cooper, Genera Manager at Somewhere To Go said; "Our charity has a long history of providing overnight accomodation on both a temporary and semi-permanent basis and we are grateful that we are able to work in partnership with North Somerset Council during these severe weather periods to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the local rough sleeper community is met"

If you are concerned about a rough sleeper you can contact StreetLink. Streetlink is the national rough sleeping helpline which alerts local services.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can contact Somewhere To Go via email;



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