Wigan’s new homeless hub will open its door last week offering overnight accommodation to rough sleepers.
Based in Coops Building in Wigan town centre, the hub will not only offer emergency beds to rough sleepers but people staying there will get access to services and support to help them rebuild their lives.
Wigan Council has invested in two hubs, in Wigan and Leigh, offering overnight homeless provision to help tackle rough sleeping and both facilities will be run by The Brick. Wigan is one of the first across Greater Manchester to offer this type of accommodation.
Alongside the two hubs there are also an additional 15 beds available at St George’s Church in Wigan as part of the Bed Every Night scheme ran by Greater Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham. This takes the total number of beds available to rough sleepers across the borough to 45.
When accessing emergency accommodation people are also given a hot meal and access to a whole range of support services to prevent them rough sleeping in the future.
This is all part of Wigan Council’s approach to work more closely with the voluntary and private sector to invest in homelessness prevention services and keep people off the streets. In the last year alone 5,000 cases of homelessness have been prevented.
Louise Green, Operations Director at The Brick, said: “The Brick delivers homeless provision in both Wigan and Leigh and we value our partners who enable us to reach as many people as possible. This is the first year we have been able to provide so many bed spaces, thanks to the support from Wigan Council, and together we want to ensure that there are viable options for those who find themselves homeless.
“The Brick’s new live web chat service launches on Monday 17th December. We hope that by using this service more people will be able to let us know where rough sleepers are so that we can target our outreach teams to these areas and help people across the borough to start to rebuild their lives.”
If you see a homeless person on the streets, please email rough[email protected] with as much information as possible (including their location) or contact The Brick via web chat at www.thebrick.org.uk
Those who find themselves on the streets can also ring our out of hours service on: 01942 828777.