New service to increase the flow of people off the streets. 

8th June 2017

A new rapid response service to speed up the time people new to homelessness spend in emergency accommodation is being run by St Petrock’s, following a successful bid to Exeter City Council. Mel Hartley, St Petrock’s project manager explains, “This service will play a valuable role in moving people who have experienced homelessness for the first time, out of emergency accommodation and into more stable housing, enabling them to re-gain more independent lives. “It will also enable Exeter’s limited stock of emergency accommodation to be turned around faster, as individual clients will be provided with personalised assistance in their move-on by our team, who will ensure areas of support are in place”. St Petrock’s Rapid Response service will aim to contact with anyone requiring emergency housing within 48 hours (in Exeter and within 72 hours in the locality areas). With access to over 40 properties per year in Exeter and surrounding areas, including St Petrock's...

NPS use among Homeless Population in Exeter

23rd May 2017

In 2014, St Petrock's worked with D&C Police to address the growing concerns around new drugs being sold as 'legal highs' or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and their impact on vulnerable groups, including people who are homeless and rough sleepers, in particular. This partnership work resulted in the Police successfully using new anti-social behaviour orders to close down a 'legal high' shop in Exeter in November 2014,  the first use of these orders, in the country, to deal with this problem. Following on from this, St Petrock's undertook research prior to and after the introduction of The Psychoactive Substance Act May 2016 to guage the experience of its homeless clients and impact of the Act. This Act introduced a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of 'legal highs' intended for human consumption. We hope that the information collected will help shape an effective response to, and raise awareness of, problematic NPS use, specifically with the...

Demand for services remains high

20th April 2017

Our stats for the number of visits to our centre illustrate how demand for our centre services remains high.  ...