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 was back on the streets in Bodmin having got into a dry house. Having arrived at the house, drunk on several occasions, had no choice but to ask me to leave really, so that was it.
The first night back in Camborne I slept in the shop doorway there. I was really cold. That one night was a sobering thought. I've been back in the house ever since. I brought a lot of things away in my head that are helping to make me realise what I need to do to keep healthy but I will still drink. I'm not at the stage I was before where as soon as I got money in my pocket I had to go and blow it all on drink.
I'm in a really good place. Can't remember feeling in such a good place for a long time. I've lived a full and enjoyable life. I have achieved more things than most blokes have even dreamed of. I'm not saying that's a good thing. I don't see it as a bad thing. But I am what I am.