Centre for Social Justice Award!

25th November 2015

St Petrock’s won a prestigious Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Award for its effective and innovative ways of working with some of the hardest to reach people, at the CSJ 2015 Awards event held in Westminster, last night. See the CSJ film of our work which was shown at the Awards - The Centre of Social Justice, a Westminster think tank which advises Government on policy regarding a variety of entrenched social issues, holds an annual awards event to provide an opportunity for grassroots charities around the country to showcase their work and impact to a high profile audience and a chance to receive £10,000 prize money. St Petrock’s, one of 8 charities to win an award this year, was sponsored to attend the Awards event by The Porters’ Trust. Speaking after receiving the CSJ Award, Mel Hartley, project manager of St Petrock’s, said, ...

City’s rough sleepers to sleep safely this winter

20th November 2015

For the first time in Exeter, anyone who is rough sleeping in the city this winter will have to opportunity to come indoors and “safe sleep” for three continuous months, starting on December 1st. Nicola Forsdyke, Exeter City Council’s Housing Options Manager explains, “We have been discussing how we could extend our normal Severe Weather Emergency Provision (SWEP) for rough sleepers with our partner agencies St Petrock’s, BCHA, who run the city hostel, Gabriel House and Julian House, who manage the Street Homeless Outreach Team, for some time and we’re delighted to get this new service called Safe-Sleep underway. “The way in which the agencies involved have got on board with delivering this service is another excellent example of how well the city’s homeless agencies work in partnership.” Instead of having to wait for 3 consecutive nights of freezing temperatures for rough sleepers to receive an invitation to come inside, as was the case historical...