Source: City of Wakefield
Wakefield Council has launched a new online initiative to make it easier for vulnerable and homeless people to get the support they need.
Called Street Support Wakefield, the website and mobile app details local services available to meet the needs of vulnerable people and those experiencing homelessness.
There are 28 organisations listed on the site so far, offering services such as help with a place to sleep, where to get food, support for alcohol or drug addiction or advice on benefits. They can all be found in one place at www.streetsupport.net/wakefield or on the Street Support app.
The site also enables local residents and businesses to see what they can do to help. This includes volunteering or donating money or items, such as clothes and food.
Street Support also explains how to alert the Council and Wakefield’s Rough Sleeper Outreach Service if you are worried about someone you’ve seen sleeping rough.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “We are committed to supporting anyone who is homeless and it is fantastic to be able to work with our partners, local businesses and residents to help tackle this issue.
“If you have concerns about a vulnerable or homeless person, please visit the website or app – which will point you in the direction of local services that can offer support.”
Wakefield’s Community Safety Partnership (Safer Together) has paid for the site to launch in the district so that there can be better co-ordination between all parties who offer support for homeless people and so that those who are rough sleeping can get maximum benefit from the services available.
The Street Support idea originated in Manchester to enable all those who wanted to support the homeless to be able to connect together and work collaboratively.
The Street Support app is now available for free on the Apple Store and will be coming soon to the Google Play Store.
If you are an organisation that offers a service for the homeless, and aren’t currently represented on the site, please register at www.streetsupport.net/wakefield or contact email@example.com so that your details can be added to help those in need.