01st April 2020

COLD WEATHER GRANT FROM HOMELESS LINK

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £24,000 by Homeless Link as part of their Cold Weather Fund. This was awarded for the winter period of Dec 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020, and has seen many positive outcomes for service users. The success so far has led to an extra £3000 grant and an extension through to the end of April 2020.

We bid to help four people with no recourse to public funds – primarily rough sleepers, vulnerable females with higher needs and those with dependent pets. Those with no access to benefits are supplied with food, toiletries and clothes throughout their stay, and onwards referral for accommodation is addressed through our support planning.

We have been working in co-ordination with the Coventry Night Winter Shelter for referrals, which involved a designated support worker attending the shelter every day to assess suitability and signposting individuals for assessment into the scheme. We also worked with some of the people accessing the night shelter to signpost them onto accessing benefits, mental health aid, access to Central England Law Centre to gain status to access permanent residency in the country, health care and other accommodation i.e. Coventry Refugee Centre. In addition, we are working closely with Coventry City Council’s Rough Sleeper Team to assess rough sleepers. All clients are being supported by members of the team and have a named Keyworker to ensure that when the fund comes to an end they will continue to live in our accommodation.

Sioux cold weather fund

In regards to the pets we take on, Sioux Perkes (pictured left) - Director of Suki’s Canine Rescue Crew - has been supporting dogs and owners by offering advice and providing dog beds, food, treats and support. All dogs receive a welcome pack of food and treats!

We’d like to thank Homeless Link for providing us with the funds to create this opportunity for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals who otherwise may have had nowhere else to turn during a difficult winter period. We will be providing further updates with personal stories of how this scheme is helping to change people’s lives.  

 Below left is Tonto who is living with us and his owner who did not want to be named. Below right is Sam the Staffie and his owner also called Sam.

TontoSam Cold Weather Fund