It’s never been more important for rough sleepers to be safer off the streets than now. The Safer Off the Streets partnership is working together to help support those sleeping rough during the Covid-19 outbreak, including:

Accommodation – Self-contained accommodation is being provided to vulnerable rough sleepers to self-isolate in. The Peterborough Winter Night Shelter and emergency crash bed facility also closed last night due to the latest Government guidance. Rough sleepers who accessed these services are also being moved into self-contained accommodation.

Outreach services – The council continue to engage with everyone we know who is sleeping out, including handing out a Covid-19 information leaflet. Anyone falling into the vulnerable groups have been provided with accommodation where they’re able to self-isolate.

Drop-in services – Light Project Peterborough’s Garden House drop-in centre currently remains open for rough sleepers to seek help as an emergency service. To minimise numbers coming in the Garden House they are only able to support those sleeping rough. Hygiene and social distancing is being observed.

Food Banks – Peterborough Foodbank continues to provide emergency food parcels at all of its location, however from today (Friday 27 March) it will be moving to one location at Dogsthorpe Methodist Church, six days a week between 11am and 1pm. Referrals will be made via e-vouchers/unique codes. The foodbank is an essential emergency service for people unable to afford food. People self-isolating who can afford to buy food but cannot leave their homes should contact the local council who are setting up a co‑ordination hub to help.

Meals – Peterborough Soup Kitchen unfortunately has had to cease operation today due to issues with social distancing. Discussions are in progress on a solution on how to stop large groups gathering for food and they hope to be up and running again shortly, possibly at a different location. Food stock is also reduced and demand is increasing.

Appeal for public help – Demands on Food bank, Soup Kitchen and Light Project Peterborough services have increased and volunteer numbers decreased. Members of the public are encouraged to continue to donate food supplies or money to their local food banks, the Peterborough Soup Kitchen and Light Project Peterborough. Details on how to volunteer and donate can be found at

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