Our centre is open 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, providing clients in crisis with vital necessities. These include the provision of hot meals, clothing, blankets and sleeping bags as well as access to shower and laundry facilities. Hot drinks and subsidised cooked breakfast and lunch are both served during weekday morning open-access sessions.
The experience of homelessness has a seriously detrimental effect on individuals’ well-being. When sleeping rough, simply staying warm and dry, keeping clean, getting enough sleep and a balanced diet can be a huge daily challenge. In addition to physical health problems, many people we see are coping with complex mental health, addiction, social exclusion and family breakdown issues, which impact upon their ability to make positive changes.
Clients are also able to take advantage of free weekly visits by mental health practitioners, chiropodist and barber as well as regular drop-ins from the city’s Assertive Homeless Outreach Team.
As part of Exeter City Council’s Safe Sleep service which started in the winter 2015, St Petrock’s provided emergency overnight accommodation for up to 10 rough sleepers from December 1st 2015 to end February 2016. This service not only helps save lives; it also offers opportunities for some of our most hard to reach clients to engage with staff and become fully aware of the services available to them and consider a move into accommodation. Of the 19 people who accessed St Petrock’s for Safe Sleep, 15 were accommodated as result.