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Case Study August 2019

The Outreach Team had been informed by the Police that there was a couple sleeping in a derelict building within the City.  The police had already attended prior to the Outreach Team being informed.  Due to the site being extremely hazardous we attended with the Fire Brigade to identify this couple and offer support. When we arrived at the location it soon became apparent that this couple were rough sleeping in conditions that were unacceptable.  The man hole covers that he been removed, glass and other hazardous object were scattered around the site. The Outreach team entered the building with torches and after some time managed to locate the couple at the back of the building.  We identified ourselves and offered support as we needed to get them into accommodation which was safe. The couple engaged with the Outreach Team but straight away said that they didn’t want to be separated as they had been together 22 years.  We explained that it may not be possible to accommodate them in a double room, but would they accept a two single rooms in the same hostel.  They stated that they wanted to work with us and would accepts anything if they […]

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Darren’s Outreach experience

I came on to Outreach in January 2019.  My first shift was very overwhelming as I hadn’t really come across rough sleepers, despite rough sleeping myself.  Rough sleeping in Beverley is different to Hull.  Being on Outreach has made me more confident, I’m now able to speak to people and relate my own experience with the people on the street in Hull.  I feel that being homeless at one point myself gives me the experience to support the most vulnerable on the streets. What I have enjoyed whilst being on Outreach is been able to house some of the most entrenched rough sleepers.  I have done this with pride as I know I’m part of a team who’s supportive to people no matter what their circumstances were.  The hardest thing I have found was the paperwork, but the more I did It, the more confident I became.  I have also enjoyed doing all the training which is needed to enable me to do the job more effectively.  Being part of the Outreach Team is something I really enjoy and I’m hoping to join the team on a full-time basis eventually.  I feel that supporting the rough sleepers in Hull is […]

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Case Study – July 2019

The Outreach Team went to support a rough sleeper that was living under a bridge in the City. The rough sleeper was identified as a male and was already known to the Outreach Team.  The team have been supporting this male for approx. eighteen months. We quickly established what support was needed and began working with the rough sleeper, at first, he was very reluctant to come indoors because he wanted to stay outside.  The Outreach Team carried on supporting him for several months, each time asking if he was ready to access a Hostel and each time it was a no! The Outreach Team again asked if he was now ready to come inside, the weather had been quite bad for over a week, it took us by surprise when he said he wanted to come into a Hostel.  A phone call was made to the Wilson Centre and a referral was made to the Hostel.  He was put on an Emergency Bed which he would be able to access every night until a room became available.  He was only waiting three days before he was allocated a room.  He got settled into his room and we arranged to […]

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A Long but Rewarding Journey

The outreach team have been working with a female, long-term rough sleeper with heroin and spice addictions. She has also suffered domestic violence at the hands of her former partner and childhood sexual abuse from her father, which has led to a lack of trust in people, low self-esteem and mental health issues. She wasn’t engaging with any other services at this time, other than us. Over a lengthy period of time, the team built up a good relationship and trust with her as well as her new partner. The outreach team had made several appointments to set up an ESA claim, which she kept missing or declining to attend. After lengthy decisions about accommodation and which hostel she would be happy in, the Crossings was identified as suitable – but only if her partner could go with her. With accommodation scarce, accessing two rooms at once would be very hard but if she occupied the next room that became available, her partner would be the next on the waiting list. However, when the next room did become available it was declined. However, the following day the outreach team persuaded her to move to the room, which this time she […]

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