Hands For Homelessness Appeal

1st October 2020

Homelessness is a continued, significant issue in Exeter.  St Petrock's specialist survival, advice and support services are the first ‘port of call’ for many people who are rough-sleeping or vulnerably housed, and a gateway to more settled lives.  This autumn, we’re running a Hands For Homelessness campaign to encourage local people to show their support and ‘give a hand’ in making our city somewhere where everyone can benefit from housing, health, inclusion and growth. (Thank you to Amani Ridd for our logo design!)

CALL TO ACTION

To ‘give a hand’ and work with us in tackling local homelessness,  you can:
  • Organise a sponsored event (...

Important Information – Covid 19 

23rd September 2020

Important Information - Covid 19 - Updates

St Petrock’s has worked hard to adapt our homelessness and housing services to operate effectively and reactively throughout the Covid-19 crisis. In line with government guidance and additional funding, Exeter City Council offered temporary emergency accommodation to everyone who was sleeping outdoors at the end of March.  A significant number of rough-sleepers were placed in hotels and, alongside our other ongoing services, St Petrock’s is helping provide support to help them sustain this accommodation.   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Homelessness services:

New Rough Sleeper Support Service

23rd September 2020

As we all adapt to the new ‘Covid environment’, St Petrock’s is trialling a new rough sleeper support service to provide more focussed opportunities for individuals to access support.   Due to current physical distancing requirements, it is not possible for us to safely run open-access drop-in services or serve food directly from St Petrock’s centre.  However, by making support ‘mobile’, our team aim to engage more meaningfully with people on an individual basis – including those who are ‘hard-to-reach’ or reluctant to access a group environment.   From Monday 21st September, our rough sleeper team will be out and about each weekday morning to engage with people who are rough sleeping around the city.  They will be distributing rough sleeper food packs en route (including breakfast and packed lunch prepared by our centre kitchen), talking to individuals about their current needs, and making follow-up...