A ONE-STOP shop to help the homeless has been launched in Bournemouth.

Street Support is an online information resource that brings all the local community support together in one place to help people out of homelessness.

It not only allows those in need to find help, but also shows others where they can give help.

The organisations involved are Bournemouth University, Dorset Healthcare Mental Health team, BCHA, Big Issue, Shelter, YMCA, CAB, AOK rucksacks, Teen Challenge, Bournemouth Christians Alongside Rough Sleepers/Faithworks Wessex, Bournemouth Town Centre Churches, Boscombe Angels and Bournemouth Foodbank.

Ian Jones, Head of Regional Community Partnerships at Bournemouth University, said: "We have students constantly coming up with ideas and energy to do something for homeless people in the town.I knew there was good stuff already happening but there was nowhere that summarised all of that.

"This 'collaborative' realised that one of the first things that needed to be done was to bring into one easily accessible place information on the amazing range of services that are already in place."

Another partner, Kate Parker from Shelter added: "We identified a simple web-based system called “Street Support” that is being used in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bradford, and Portsmouth. This system is being used as a trusted source of information on homelessness in each place."

The system was launched at Bournemouth library in the presence of representatives from all the agencies.

Information is available at streetsupport.net/bournemouth