Support on offer for rough sleepers in North Devon and Torridge

North Devon and Torridge District Councils are offering emergency accommodation to help rough sleepers during severe cold weather.

The councils help to provide the service at the Freedom Centre in Barnstaple, which offers shelter to individuals if the temperature drops below zero for three consecutive nights.

A warm breakfast is also offered, as well as information about where to turn for further help.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Cllr Brian Moores says: “This is a vital service that provides rough sleepers with somewhere warm and safe to sleep on our coldest nights.

“As well as a roof for the night, the service provides advice and guidance to help rough sleepers make positive changes to their lives.”

In periods of severe cold weather, rough sleepers can access the Freedom Centre on Eastern Avenue between 8pm and 10pm. After 10pm, entry is by a referral from the police, hospital or the council’s out of hours team.