With overnight temperatures expected to be below zero until Tuesday, the nine emergency beds will continue to be available for the next two nights. No one should have to sleep rough in our town, especially not in freezing conditions, and no one has been turned away.
We ran what is known as SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) over 10 nights and accommodated 14 different individuals. St Mary’s Church and a team of volunteers from local churches ran a SWEP overflow over two nights (1 and 2 March) and a further 9 people were able to sleep there.
Everyone who wanted accommodation was able to be accommodated.