Homeless shelter in Bournemouth oversubscribed every night

Bournemouth Echo: PLEA: Corinne Dickins, who says that there should be more beds for homeless people PLEA: Corinne Dickins, who says that there should be more beds for homeless people

A HOMELESS shelter in Bournemouth is over-subscribed every night – even though the borough council says there are only 11 rough sleepers in the town.

Staff at St Paul’s Hostel, run by the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA), say there is desperate need for more front-line provision in the town, and have recorded only one empty bed on one night since December 1.

Of those accessing the shelter since that date, 98 per cent were local to Bournemouth.

Sarah Ward, homeless manager at BCHA, said: “We can confirm that there is a clear and evidenced demand for front-line provision for street homeless individuals, which currently exceeds the provision in place.”

The shelter, which has 40 rooms, has been offering a further 10 bed spaces each night as part of their winter emergency provision since December 1.

Mrs Ward said most of the people who access the service are local, adding: “Whilst many of these will have very complex needs, we are seeing an increase in first-time homeless individuals from Bournemouth who have been affected by the current financial climate.”

BCHA are anticipating further cuts to their funding this year, which Mrs Ward said will stretch the service even further.

“Frontline services like 10 St Paul’s are vital to ensure that emergency accommodation is available to those who find themselves street homeless,” she said.

Strategic housing services manager at the borough council, Lorraine Mealing, said: “Bournemouth has a well-developed and established co-ordinated approach to rough sleeping and multi-agency working is at the heart of this.

“The council and its partner continue to work throughout the year offering support to individuals who are threatened with homelessness and rough sleeping as well as supporting rough sleepers directly on the street and encouraging them to access various services inside.”

Bournemouth woman Corinne Dickins is campaigning for community spaces to open their doors to rough sleepers in the town.

She said: “I have visited St Paul’s, and was very impressed with the services provided.

“However, what is needed is an over-flow night shelter. It would be wonderful if someone could offer the use of a hall at night. It really could happen to anyone, and it is so desperately needed.”

A spokesperson from Bournemouth Council said: “The direct access hostel is usually full.

“The rough sleeper count is a national method of measuring the scale of rough sleeping. The ‘count’ is undertaken in the early hours of the morning and identifies people who are rough sleeping at that point in time.

“It would be impossible to count everyone, but it is a good gauge, and allows trends to be tracked over time.”

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1:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13

elite50 says...

The roughest that I have ever slept has been on the floor of a mates house when I was too drunk to make it home.
I cannot imagine how bad it would be to be in that position every night.
How lucky are we?
The roughest that I have ever slept has been on the floor of a mates house when I was too drunk to make it home. I cannot imagine how bad it would be to be in that position every night. How lucky are we? elite50
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3:39pm Fri 1 Feb 13

cycletourer says...

Is it not possible to use the day centre part of St Pauls,below the sleeping area as an overflow,just to allow perhaps, people to use sleeping bags.It would be a shelter from the elements if nothing else.......I was myself a Rough sleeper in Bournemouth for about a year , 8 years ago,so it is something i can relate to.
Is it not possible to use the day centre part of St Pauls,below the sleeping area as an overflow,just to allow perhaps, people to use sleeping bags.It would be a shelter from the elements if nothing else.......I was myself a Rough sleeper in Bournemouth for about a year , 8 years ago,so it is something i can relate to. cycletourer
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3:43pm Fri 1 Feb 13

davidhaz says...

unfortunately the addicts and people who chose to be like this take up beds for people with genuine needs e.g. people with no cash that have been kicked out, victims of domestic abuse etc etc. We need to stop treating such people like victims because they make victims of others. most of the people who use the shelter are from other areas, they just say they are from bournemouth because they think they wont get a bed. If we offer more homeless facilities more scum will come to our town simple. The addicts should be put in a mental asylum or treatment and begging should be treated harshly. I guess it won't ever happen while we have lefty guardian reading governments in charge
unfortunately the addicts and people who chose to be like this take up beds for people with genuine needs e.g. people with no cash that have been kicked out, victims of domestic abuse etc etc. We need to stop treating such people like victims because they make victims of others. most of the people who use the shelter are from other areas, they just say they are from bournemouth because they think they wont get a bed. If we offer more homeless facilities more scum will come to our town simple. The addicts should be put in a mental asylum or treatment and begging should be treated harshly. I guess it won't ever happen while we have lefty guardian reading governments in charge davidhaz
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5:17pm Fri 1 Feb 13

cycletourer says...

elite50 wrote:
The roughest that I have ever slept has been on the floor of a mates house when I was too drunk to make it home.
I cannot imagine how bad it would be to be in that position every night.
How lucky are we?
well said, Unfortuantly there are also those who's lives are so shallow they have to spout vile abuse at these people who,lets be honest, lives could'nt get any worse.The days when a people look out for others who are in need are i, fear long behind us.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: The roughest that I have ever slept has been on the floor of a mates house when I was too drunk to make it home. I cannot imagine how bad it would be to be in that position every night. How lucky are we?[/p][/quote]well said, Unfortuantly there are also those who's lives are so shallow they have to spout vile abuse at these people who,lets be honest, lives could'nt get any worse.The days when a people look out for others who are in need are i, fear long behind us. cycletourer
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6:19pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Azphreal says...

'encouraging them to access various services' meaning telling them where this centre is. There are many more people sleeping rough than the count gave as they normally are hidden away as its safer.
'encouraging them to access various services' meaning telling them where this centre is. There are many more people sleeping rough than the count gave as they normally are hidden away as its safer. Azphreal
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8:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13

rotcoddam says...

Whichever member of the cou cil who thinks there are only eleven homeless people in bournemouth needs to get out more
Whichever member of the cou cil who thinks there are only eleven homeless people in bournemouth needs to get out more rotcoddam
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8:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

davidhaz says...

most of the people we see aggressively begging / arguing in the street and security / shop personnel deal with every day when they shop lift have a northern accent. The idea that they are "mostly local" as it says in the article is nonsense.
most of the people we see aggressively begging / arguing in the street and security / shop personnel deal with every day when they shop lift have a northern accent. The idea that they are "mostly local" as it says in the article is nonsense. davidhaz
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8:28pm Fri 1 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

Here we go again.The Bournemouth Council pick a number syndrome.

Any number will do nicely.
Here we go again.The Bournemouth Council pick a number syndrome. Any number will do nicely. BIGTONE
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10:50pm Fri 1 Feb 13

simcal says...

davidhaz wrote:
most of the people we see aggressively begging / arguing in the street and security / shop personnel deal with every day when they shop lift have a northern accent. The idea that they are "mostly local" as it says in the article is nonsense.
You are a nasty piece of work! Hope you end up homeless. If you have a wife I pity her.
[quote][p][bold]davidhaz[/bold] wrote: most of the people we see aggressively begging / arguing in the street and security / shop personnel deal with every day when they shop lift have a northern accent. The idea that they are "mostly local" as it says in the article is nonsense.[/p][/quote]You are a nasty piece of work! Hope you end up homeless. If you have a wife I pity her. simcal
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11:24pm Fri 1 Feb 13

michael mead says...

I am grateful people have helped me when I was without a home. I never had to sleep rough and I am very grateful to have a lovely flat. I hope the council helps people that are from Bournemouth, very few are. There used to be a good charity called safetynet, that used to help people that were thrown out of drug rehabs in Bournemouth, they got a 7 day stay in a caravan or flat and supervised, if they did not want to continue there treatment at rehab they were put on a train back to where they came from. Most people in the nightshelter have been bought to bournemouth for treatment.
I am grateful people have helped me when I was without a home. I never had to sleep rough and I am very grateful to have a lovely flat. I hope the council helps people that are from Bournemouth, very few are. There used to be a good charity called safetynet, that used to help people that were thrown out of drug rehabs in Bournemouth, they got a 7 day stay in a caravan or flat and supervised, if they did not want to continue there treatment at rehab they were put on a train back to where they came from. Most people in the nightshelter have been bought to bournemouth for treatment. michael mead
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12:50am Sat 2 Feb 13

scrumpyjack says...

michael mead wrote:
I am grateful people have helped me when I was without a home. I never had to sleep rough and I am very grateful to have a lovely flat. I hope the council helps people that are from Bournemouth, very few are. There used to be a good charity called safetynet, that used to help people that were thrown out of drug rehabs in Bournemouth, they got a 7 day stay in a caravan or flat and supervised, if they did not want to continue there treatment at rehab they were put on a train back to where they came from. Most people in the nightshelter have been bought to bournemouth for treatment.
Which actually backs up Davidhaz's comment.

I have to say pretty much all of the homeless I encounter are not born within 50 miles or more of Bournemouth.

I have no comment about that either way (for once).
[quote][p][bold]michael mead[/bold] wrote: I am grateful people have helped me when I was without a home. I never had to sleep rough and I am very grateful to have a lovely flat. I hope the council helps people that are from Bournemouth, very few are. There used to be a good charity called safetynet, that used to help people that were thrown out of drug rehabs in Bournemouth, they got a 7 day stay in a caravan or flat and supervised, if they did not want to continue there treatment at rehab they were put on a train back to where they came from. Most people in the nightshelter have been bought to bournemouth for treatment.[/p][/quote]Which actually backs up Davidhaz's comment. I have to say pretty much all of the homeless I encounter are not born within 50 miles or more of Bournemouth. I have no comment about that either way (for once). scrumpyjack
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12:29pm Fri 8 Feb 13

michael mead says...

don't tar me with the same brush u ****
don't tar me with the same brush u **** michael mead
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