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...

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