Alabaré Cold Weather Provision And Severe Weather Emergency Protocol

Alabaré Cold Weather Provision and Severe Weather Emergency Protocol
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The cold weather is upon us with many of us recently enjoying the odd flurry of snow. Whether more is on its way we are not sure but for most of us, these cold snaps simply mean wrapping up in winter coats with the odd hat or two or turning up the heating at home. However, for others, homeless or sleeping in less ideal accommodation across the UK, the colder weather will just bring further challenges to already difficult lives. 


At our Drop-In Centres, we offer hot drinks, freshly-prepared hot meals, access to a clothing store, toiletries. Throughout the pandemic, the Drop-In Centres continue to provide a service for rough sleepers, albeit reduced, and we work closely with Wiltshire Council to support those that are in need of accommodation. 

The Salisbury Drop-In is open daily apart from Sundays and is run by staff and volunteers which over the colder months, operates from a back entrance into Alabaré Place so those that need to access the service have somewhere warm and dry where they can have a hot meal and receive support.

Most of our accommodation-based projects receive some statutory funding, but our Drop-In Centres are funded entirely by donations – so please give what you can to help

Furthermore, if you can provide sleeping bags, blankets, new underwear, waterproof jackets, torches, warm jumpers, tents and any long johns or thick socks we are always grateful for donations as these will help our service users get through the winter ahead.  

Please call 01722 334687 if you can help. Your gift could make a real difference to someone’s life this winter. 


Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP)

SWEP provides emergency support for rough sleepers when the temperatures are expected to drop below 0 degrees for 3 consecutive nights or more. This has already be actioned once this year by Local Authorities such as Wiltshire Council. SWEP aims to ensure that vulnerable people are protected and provided for during severe weather which can mean that we provide essential dorm overnight accommodation at some of our centres.

If you are concerned about someone rough sleeping, over the age of 18, or if you are struggling yourself please tell an outreach worker by contacting Street Link or call 0300 500 0914

It is important to note that if you think the person you are concerned about is under 18 please do not contact StreetLink but instead call the police.

StreetLink will ask you to provide the following information if you can do so:

  • A specific location for the rough sleeping site. You can do this by using a map to pinpoint the exact location and then provide a written description of the location.
  • Details of the time that the rough sleeper has been seen at the location.
  • Any information about the rough sleeper that will help find them (gender, approximate age, what the person looks like, what they are wearing).

 You will receive details of the action the local authority normally takes when they are told someone is sleeping rough in their area and an update on what has happened if you request it.

If you think the person you are concerned about is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, please call 999.