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Working together to tackle homelessness
Tuesday 6th November, 2018

A borough-wide outreach service for rough sleepers, covering evenings and weekends, is just one of the measures being implemented from December in Wigan Borough to tackle homelessness.

The Brick has been officially appointed to deliver the borough’s homelessness and emergency accommodation services and will be working with
Wigan Council to provide increased services to tackle and prevent rough sleeping.

It is all part of the council’s approach to work more closely with the voluntary and private sector to invest in homelessness prevention services and keep people off the streets.

The Brick is also the lead provider for the borough’s two homeless hubs in Wigan and Leigh. They work with a host of local charities and services to provide seven day accommodation and a programme of tailored support to residents to help them become independent and prevent homelessness.

Louise Green, Operations Director, from The Brick, said: "We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to deliver the homeless and support contract.

"By working with partner agencies and Wigan Council we will be able to assist more people transitioning through homelessness.

"This exciting new opportunity will ensure that the most vulnerable people in the borough are supported.”

Councillor Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare at Wigan Council, said: “We are so pleased to be working with The Brick and other partners to deliver more effective support and rehabilitation for our rough sleepers by identifying them earlier and preventing them reaching crisis point. This work is even more important as we go into winter.

“Everybody should be given the opportunity to live independently and we are committed to helping our residents have access to the right home at the right time.

“In the last year alone almost 5,000 potential homeless cases were prevented.

“We have made significant investments to help support homeless services and will continue to work with providers to deliver a cohesive approach so services can work together to better understand peoples circumstances and their needs.”

The council has also invested in its ‘Homeless Champion’ programme which sees trained volunteers checking in with people on the streets on a daily basis to gain understanding surrounding people’s circumstances and to offer appropriate support.

If you see a homeless person on the streets, please email roughsleep@wigan.gov.uk with as much information as possible (including their location) and our officers will investigate. You will also receive an update on the situation.

Alternatively, our central duty team can be contacted out of hours on 01942 828777.

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