Covid-19: Universal Credit Welfare Advice & Support Service

30th April 2020

Many of the people St Petrock’s works with have additional support needs and can struggle to navigate the complex benefits system alone.  For some, the Covid-19 crisis has created further challenges: financial pressure due to job loss or reduction in income, significant changes to existing benefit entitlements, and increased reliance on ‘socially distanced’ contact with the DWP online.  St Petrock’s is expanding its specialist welfare support service to help people overcome these challenges and ensure that appropriate benefit claims are established and maintained.   Established in response to the growing numbers of clients affected negatively by welfare reform, the St Petrock’s welfare support service has been intensively used since it first opened in 2016.  Our specialist adviser provides personalised one-to-one support with every element of the benefits process, from assessing initial entitlement, assisting with applications and evidence-gathe...

St Petrock’s Christmas Opening Hours 2019

13th December 2019

ST PETROCK'S CENTRE - Homelessness Services Morning drop-in sessions in St Petrock's centre will largely be open as usual throughout the Christmas period (8am - 1pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 8am - 12noon Wednesdays), with the following exceptions: Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December)        9am - 1pm      Gifts, games and a festive lunch with all the trimmings Boxing Day (Thursday 26th December)                  9am - 1pm      Boxing Day lunch New Year's Day (Wednesday 1st January)               CLOSED   There are also a great range of partner voluntary organisations in Exeter who provide

Fair Lets Social Lettings Service – Now Fully Operational

13th November 2019

We’re pleased to report that our new social lettings service, which was launched in partnership with Exeter City Council with 12 months’ funding from central government, is now fully operational. The Fair Lets project works to open up access to a wider range of good quality, affordable private rented accommodation options for people who are experiencing extreme housing need, and who require additional support to access this sector.   Specifically targeting families and individuals who would struggle to access a ‘mainstream’ lettings agency, the project builds on the success of St Petrock’s existing private rental & support work and widens its appeal.  Fair Lets provides a rapid rehousing pathway to accommodate rough sleepers in private rental accommodation, and houses people who approach Exeter City Council with a housing need.  The project works with both clients and landlords to ensure tenancies are successfully maintained. Since Fair Lets launched, several ne...