A night shelter for rough sleepers in Sheffield has opened due to the anticipated dip in temperatures.
This comes as part of Sheffield City Council’s ‘severe weather emergency protocol’, commonly known as ‘weather watch’. This is a scheme designed to help the homeless during winter in order to prevent deaths of those sleeping rough during the year’s harshest weathers. Meaning people on the streets can apply for emergency accommodation in the city when the temperature is set to fall below freezing.
Sheffield does not have a permanent night shelter.
One facility that is opening its doors this winter, in partnership with the ‘severe weather emergency protocol’ is South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Here they offer a safe and warm place for rough sleepers because as the weather worsens and temperatures continue to fall there is a potential risk of life.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue can house between six to eight people at their headquarters on Eyre Street in Sheffield. Red Cross volunteers are on hand to assist and talk to the rough sleepers about their needs. They also offer long term support that is available.
Councillor Jim, Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council, said: “The fire station gives us extra places for people at risk of sleeping rough on the coldest nights, and is somewhere safe and warm.
“I’m incredibly grateful to the fire service and the British Red Cross, and all their staff and volunteers, for working with us on this.”
Anyone who is homeless, or at risk of losing their accommodation, can call Sheffield City Council on 0114 273 6306 during office hours, or 0800 7311 689 outside office hours.