Assertive Street Outreach
St Petroc's Society operates an Assertive Street Outreach service. The purpose of this is to find and engage with the rough sleepers across the length and breadth of the county.
Many people are found sleeping in woodlands, on beaches and in caves and on the outskirts of many towns so the problem is not often as noticed as perhaps in more urban areas of the county.
The team see some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of the community, many of whom are suffering physical and mental ill health and many who have turned to alcohol or drugs as a way of coping. It may take the team some time to build up positive and trusting relationships before they are able to make any referrals and link them in with other support services that they need.
If you notice someone sleeping rough,
let your nearest Outreach
Please call the Devon & Cornwall Rough Sleepers Partnership:
0800 151 3441
The team are able to provide food, clothing, bedding and sometimes tents on an emergency basis though the aim is not to prolong or sustain these lifestyles but to find appropriate and secure accommodation for each person and the opportunity to rebuild their lives
A Real Life Story
I have lived in so many different places, I've lived rough and when I say rough, I mean jagged.
If half the people in the world suddenly had some kind of epiphany about how they treat and affect other people in their life, I truly believe that these Godforsaken towns and cities that we live in would become almost bearable.
...my heart keeps inside it the sorrow of a million and more forgotten sons and daughters that reside among the back alleys in their sleeping bags and cardboard homes. These melancholy and missing children of this once amazing nation are inevitably lost and forgotten in co-op coffins bought by the state without even a single mournful tear between them. The cold night and chills takes them and never judges; then sickness and alcohol, drugs and depression become the causes and blame as we walk by them on our way back home.
I'm the first to say there's help if you want it but it's hard and you really have to take the strain and pull yourself on to your feet.