The number of rough sleepers in Wigan Borough has halved in the last year, official figures show.
Wigan Council have welcomed the figures released by government and said they reflect the huge amount of work that has been done locally to tackle rough sleeping. There are currently 15 people recorded as rough sleepers in the borough compared to 30 in 2017 and 27 in 2016.
In the borough there are now two hubs offering overnight accommodation to rough sleepers and extra beds available through A Bed Every Night scheme which was launched by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham last year. Alongside this a whole range of measures and initiatives have been put in place to help tackle rough sleeping
The council is also working with Real Change to provide grants for around a dozen people a month through local charities. Through the Real Change campaign residents can donate to help buy essential items for people in need. By working with partner charities such as The Brick it means people can be confident their donation is going toward things that count for people who have long term support and can make the most of it.
The council’s homelessness champion programme is also running which sees see trained volunteers checking in with people on the streets on a daily basis to gain understanding surrounding people’s circumstances and to offer appropriate support.
If you see a homeless person on the streets, please email [email protected] with as much information as possible (including their location) and our officers will investigate. You will also receive an update on the situation.
Those who find themselves on the streets can also ring our out of hours service on: 01942 828777
To donate to Real Change Wigan & Leigh visit the website at www.realchangewiganandleigh.co.uk