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The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know london@thepavement.org.uk at The Pavement!

 

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999 Club (Deptford Centre)

21 Deptford Broadway, London SE8 4PA

020 8695 5797

Winter shelter:
3 January to 14 March
Monday–Sunday: 8pm–8am
Wednesday: 9am–12am (drug & alcohol worker)
Monday: 9am–12am (mental health professionals)
Monday–Friday: 9am–12am (9–10.30am for rough sleepers only)
Tuesday: 9am–12am (Samaritans)
Thursday: 9am–12am (NHS nurse)

Map   Website: bit.ly/2gObZ4B

Warm and welcoming environment to anyone who is homeless. Learn new skills, find work and housing and reconnect to family and friends. Open-access sessions where people can access specialist advice on housing and benefits. Learning and activities programme and specialist healthcare services. Winter shelter referrals via agencies of the 999 Club Gateway Centre. 21+, dry, 30 spaces.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Barber, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Ex-offenders, Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Medical/health, Mental health, Tenancy support

 
Clean Slate Training & Employment

Elmfield House, 5 Stockwell Mews, Stockwell Road, London SW9 9GX

020 3540 7420

Monday & Friday: 10am–1:30pm (drop-in advisory service)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1A3rGIU

Clean Slate is re-writing the rule book on helping unemployed people facing barriers to work. They focus on the the future, not the past; trust them with paid work in their enterprises; and respect individuals' need for their own package of support and opportunity. Priority is given to people who are homeless.

Careers advice, Education/training

 
CoolTan Arts

3rd Fl, 224–236 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JE

0207 701 2696

Tuesday–Friday: 10am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1mWCZHY

Award-winning arts in mental health charity run for adults with experience of mental health distress.

Advocacy, Art classes, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Education/training, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers, Step-free

 
Cracked It

Unit 4 Benwell Studios, 11-13 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BL

Map   Website: bit.ly/2kO82hP

Trains and employs at-risk young people to repair smashed smartphones as a positive route towards employment. Runs programmes all year round, with courses being confirmed throughout the year. Get in touch for more details about courses in your area.

Education/training, Ex-offenders

 
Emmaus Greenwich

226 Elmley Street, London SE18 7NN

020 8316 5398

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1vtRBGq

Accommodation for people aged 20-60 with low support needs who are willing to work at least 40 hours a week as volunteers in Emmaus's recycling project. Can accept ex-offenders. Priority to those with a local connection to Greenwich.

Careers advice, Education/training

 
Emmaus South Lambeth Community

9a Knights Hill, West Norwood, London SE27 0DB

020 8761 4276

Map   Website: bit.ly/1obQE0e

Accommodation for people aged 18+ with low support needs who are willing to work full time as volunteers in Emmaus's recycling project. Can accept ex-offenders. No local connection required but must be eligible for Housing Benefit.

Advocacy, Careers advice, Education/training

 
The Nehemiah Project

47 Tooting Bec Gardens, Streatham, London SW16 1RF

020 8773 7417

Map   Website: bit.ly/cXgwxb

For men who have got caught up in the cycle of alcohol, drugs and crime. Supported housing programme to help equip vulnerable men in the latter stages of recovery from a life of crime and addiction; move-on accommodation once men ready for further independence. Please phone.

Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Counselling, Drugs workers

 
Trinity Homeless Projects (Pownall Gardens)

17-18 Pownall Gardens, Hounslow, London TW3 1YW

020 8737 6611

Monday–Friday: 8:30am–5pm (office hours)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1ppZJ8y

Accommodation and support for single homeless men 16-55 with support needs. 25 per cent of bedspaces are for ex-offenders. Prefer applicants to have a local connection.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Benefits advice, Debt advice

 
Working Chance

24-27 White Lion St, London N1 9PD

0207 2781532

Map   Website: bit.ly/1RHpNGL

Supports women with criminal convictions into sustainable, quality employment. They place candidates into a huge variety of jobs in hospitality, finance and media, as well as the public and third sectors. They also provide support around CV writing, interview practice and disclosing their conviction to potential employers.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Benefits advice, Counselling, Debt advice, Education/training, Tenancy support

 
YMCA East London

642 Forest Road, London E17 3EF

020 8509 4600

Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (reception service)
Monday–Sunday: 8:30am–8pm (support service)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1QFz0PG

Accommodation for single homeless people aged 18-30 with low to medium support needs. Hostels, shared housing and 1-bedroom semi-independent flats. Priority to people with local connection. Specialist refugee, probation and 16/17 projects. Call in, phone or write (applications@forestymca.org.uk).

 
Huggard

Huggard Centre, Huggard Buildings, Hansen Street, Cardiff, Wales CF10 5NQ

02920642000

Monday–Sunday: 8:30am–7:30pm (day centre)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1mq7cyv

Day centre and allied hostel for persons who are homeless or suffering from psychological or physical infirmity or who by for reason of adverse circumstances are thereby in need of help.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food (free), Medical/health, Needle exchange, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
Anawim

Balsall Heath Centre, 228 Mary Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands B12 9RJ

0121 440 5296

Tuesday–Friday: 9:30am–5pm
Monday: 11am–4pm (out of hours: 07976 188 220)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1rtHq3b

A women's community project in Birmingham working to the ‘one stop shop’ approach. Women undertake their community sentences both on specified activity requirements or community payback orders. Undertake prison in-reach and offer support to women in all areas of their lives.

Art classes, Internet access, Mental health, Outreach workers

 
P3 - Bilston Hostel

53 Wellington Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV14 6AQ

01902 490050

Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours

Map   Website: bit.ly/YTsgrD

Single homeless men, including ex-offenders and rough sleepers. Weekly visit by drugs professional.

Drugs workers

 
P3 - Dickens Lodge

89-95 Dickens Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 8SD

01902 572162

Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours

Map   Website: bit.ly/bN6eFK

Single homeless men, including rough sleepers, ex-offenders, people with mental health needs and those with alcohol or drug problems. Staff provide support around daily living skills, including finances, substance misuse issues, mental health and access to training. Help with moving on.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Drugs workers, Education/training, Mental health, Tenancy support

 
Stonham (St George's House)

Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV1 3AT

01902 420536

Monday–Sunday: 8am–10pm

Map  

Single homeless men and ex-offenders. Help with independent living, maintaining tenancy, moving on etc. Arrange visits from drugs agencies. Referral to floating support service.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Education/training, Outreach worker links, Tenancy support

 
Changing Lives

Textile House, Dukesway, Team Valley, Gateshead, North East NE11 0LF

0191 273 8891

Monday–Friday: 9am–3pm (phone to be referred to appropriate services)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1SrHnP8

Provides specialist support services for thousands of vulnerable people and families every month. Wide range of services across the UK. Many services, so call the main office to be referred.

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Ex-offenders, Food, Food (free), Laundry, Leisure activities, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Sexual health, Tenancy support

 
Rush House Ltd

18-19 Lindum Terrace, Doncaster Road, North East S65 1NJ

01709 369295

Map   Website: bit.ly/18BEdlS

Rush House provides accommodation and support to homeless 16-25-year-olds in Rotherham. It offers the opportunity for young people to develop skills and confidence to become the best they can be. Staffed 24/7, with groups and drop-ins - group work sessions, A Place of Your Own sessions, ICT, literacy, numeracy and more.

Accommodation/housing advice, Benefits advice, Education/training, Internet access, Tenancy support

 
The Whitechapel Centre

Langsdale Street, Liverpool, North East L3 8DU

0151 207 7617

Monday–Sunday: 8am–8pm (homeless resolution hub, enablement activities)

Map   Website: bit.ly/N3gc0G

Works with people who are sleeping rough, living in hostels or struggling to manage their accommodation. Committed to helping people find and maintain a home and learn the life skills essential for independent living. No Second Night Out phone line: 0300 123 2041 (24/7)

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Ex-forces, Ex-offenders, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Leisure facilities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
1625 Independent People

Kingsley Hall, 59 Old Market Street, Bristol, South West BS2 0ER

0117 317 8800

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9am–5pm

Map   Website: bit.ly/1nwLdXc

Work with 16–25-year-olds in Bristol who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing housing, mediation, advice, training opportunities and developing skills for successful independent living.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Counselling, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Leisure activities, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
Amber (Devon)

Ashley Court, Chawleigh, Chulmleigh, Devon, South West

01769 582022

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (office hours)
Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (residential centre)

Map   Website: bit.ly/aRpJXr

For unemployed people aged 17-30 who want to make a new start. You may be unemployed as a result of not having a home or addiction or having been involved in crime. Residential programme in a clean, dry environment. If you're coming from outside Devon, please phone or email Olly (olly.giddings@amberweb.org).

Accommodation/housing advice, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
Amber (Wiltshire)

Bythesea Lodge, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, South West BA14 8HR

01769 582022

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (office hours)
Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (residential centre)

Map   Website: bit.ly/9Wo17K

For unemployed people aged 17-30 who want to make a new start. You may be unemployed as a result of not having a home or addiction or having been involved in crime. Residential programme in a clean, dry environment. If you're coming from outside Wiltshire, please phone (01769 582022) or email Olly (olly.giddings@amberweb.org).

Accommodation/housing advice, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food (free), Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
Shekinah Mission

Bath Street, Plymouth, South West PL1 3LT

01752 203480

Map  

Shekinah helps adults, young offenders and ex-offenders to tackle substance misuse and social exclusion. Accommodation for homeless people in Torbay; drop-in centre in Plymouth; plus education, training and employment programmes. Too many services to list, so phone!

Accommodation/housing advice, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Education/training, Food, Medical/health, Outreach workers

 
St Petrock’s

10 Cathedral Yard, Exeter, South West EX1 1HJ

01392 422396

Monday–Friday: 9am–1pm (drop-in)
Wednesday & Friday: 10am–12am (mental health practitioner)
Tuesday & Thursday: 2pm–4pm (probation, housing, jobs etc)
Monday: 2pm–4pm (women's group)
Monday & Thursday: 9am–12am podiatrist Monday, nurse Thursday)
Tuesday: 11am–1pm (alternative healing)

Map   Website: bit.ly/1OGdaLm

Accommodation/housing advice, Alcohol workers, Art classes, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Ex-forces, Ex-offenders, Food, Food (free), Foot care, Internet access, Laundry, Legal advice, Leisure activities, Medical/health, Mental health, Music/drama, Outreach worker links, Sexual health, Tenancy support

 
Amber (Surrey)

Farm Place, Stane Street, Ockley, Dorking, Surrey, South East RH5 5NG

01769 582022

Monday–Friday: 9am–5pm (office hours)
Monday: Open 24 hours (residential centre)

Map   Website: bit.ly/aFU4cC

For unemployed people aged 17-30 who want to make a new start. You may be unemployed as a result of not having a home or addiction or having been involved in crime. Residential programme in a clean, dry environment. If you're coming from outside Surrey, please phone (01769 582022) or email Olly (olly.giddings@amberweb.org).

Accommodation/housing advice, Bathroom/showers, Careers advice, Clothing store, Counselling, Debt advice, Dentist, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Internet access, Leisure activities, Leisure facilities, Medical/health, Mental health, Outreach worker links, Outreach workers, Tenancy support

 
Ashdown Medway Accommodation Trust (AMAT)

10 Chelmar Road, Chatham, Kent, South East ME4 4PB

0800 698 1000

Monday–Sunday: 8:30am–12:30am (office hours)
Monday–Sunday: Open 24 hours (on call)

Map   Website: bit.ly/JVWzo3

AMAT is a direct access hostel based in Medway, which provides supported accommodation to 400+ service users in a variety of accommodation, mostly shared houses with 3 to 4 units, though there are some flats. There is a no-visitors house for the more vulnerable service users and a dry house for those who are rehabilitating. There is also a female-only house. There is also an opportunity for some service users to become more permanently accommodated on an AST if they meet the criteria.

Accommodation/housing advice, Advocacy, Alcohol workers, Bathroom/showers, Bedding, Benefits advice, Clothing store, Debt advice, Drugs workers, Education/training, Food, Leisure activities, Tenancy support

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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