Swep Report

Topics: Homelessness, The Shelter, April 29 Pages: 9 (2272 words) Published: September 3, 2013
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) Follow Up Report
Covering Period 16.04.2012 – 29.04.2012
Introduction.
Julian House produced a short report of service users who accessed the day centre and night shelter during the cold weather, when Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) was initiated. The report highlighted the high numbers of service users who accessed services at Julian House in addition to crisis Night Shelter accommodation. Some explanation was given as to the reasons for 101 people access the services during this two week period. Following on the original report, Julian House monitored the use of both the Day Centre and Night Shelter over a two week period (16.04.2012 – 29.04.2012) to compare with the SWEP period to highlight any trends and to research the impact on numbers when the service returned to regular provision.

Night Shelter During SWEP, the 21 beds at the shelter were augmented by additional beds (4) at the YMCA and by the use of office space. Since SWEP, Julian House has begun to roll out the “two tier” approach to Night Shelter provision, as described in the Homeless Transition Fund (HTF) bid and strategically agreed by B&NES Homelessness Partnership. An additional 4 tier two beds have been established at Corn Street, making a total of 25 Night Shelter bed spaces. A further 5 beds will be added to this arrangement in the next month. Part of the reason for developing tier two accommodation at this point is that for four months between the end of June and October, the Night Shelter itself will be closed and a temporary facility established in Manvers Street Baptist church Hall whilst major refurbishment takes place at Julian House. Number of clients who accessed the night shelter during SWEP : 46   Number of clients who accessed the night shelter during second recording period: 35 Only 15 clients accessed the night shelter during both periods, highlighting constantly changing client base.

Nightly Stays
30 25 20 15 10 5 0

16.04.2012 - 29.04.2012

Total Men Female

16th 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th April April April April April April April April April April April April April April

Local Connection of Night Shelter Users
SWEP
BANES 3 1 2 1 1 Bristol Exeter Gloucester Hertfordshire 8 24 Transcient London Mendip 1 1 Stroud 1 3 Wilts Preston

Local Connection of Night Shleter Users 16/04/12 - 29/04/12
BANES 2 France Swansea Gwynedd Mid Devon Preston Stroud Swindon 19 1 1 1 1 1 Cambridge Oxford Cheltenham Torbay Bristol Wiltshire Transcient

1 1 1 1 1 2 1

1

Trend: Julian House follows B&NES Local Connection Policy and guidelines to establish the area where a client can access full service provision and where their support network would be strongest. It offers up to 28 days of service provision while it works to reconnect a client to their local area, ensuring that a client has suitable accommodation options to return to. This can prove problematic due to the lack of housing options in the receiving area. The policy

acknowledges that some people have no local connection and allows clients to establish B&NES as their local area, thereby giving the client the opportunity to settle and move away from homelessness and the risks it presents. Both graphs show that over 50% of users of the night shelter have a local connection to B&NES. The second highest group in both periods were people who were assessed as being transient with no clearly established local connection anywhere.

Age Range During SWEP
9 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 56-60 60-70 1 3 2 2 5 4 5 8

AGE RANGE

7

16th April – 29th April 2012
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 16-20 21-25 26-30 31-35 36-40 41-45 46-50 51-55 55-60

There is a high degree of correlation in the ages profiles of clients who stayed in the night shelter during the two different periods. The report reflects the national statistics of older clients accessing services...

References: B&NES Re-connection Policy & Procedure – published 2010 (Reviewed 2011) No Second Night Out – DCLG 2011 Inequalities Experienced by Gypsy and Traveller Communities 2009 – Equality and Human Rights Commission.
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