Taking steps to tackle rough sleeping

Published Thursday, 17 October 2019

A project that aims to help rough sleepers off the streets in Coventry by offering a daily one stop advice and support venue has been expanded.

Steps for change

Steps for Change was first set up in Coventry City Centre two years ago and has now moved to a vacant shop in City arcade where street homeless can call in for a hot drink, food and the chance to talk to agencies in a safe space.

Until recently it operated weekly on Thursdays but now it has moved to a much larger city centre venue in City Arcade and is open for five days a week from 11am until 3pm.

Steps for Change is made up of agencies including the ARC, Crisis skylight, Salvation Army, langar aid, Coventry City Council and Coventry Partnership Team.

Louise Morley, from the Arc drug and alcohol outreach service, said: “It’s exciting, the numbers of agencies supporting the project is growing as are the numbers of customers using the service.”

Karen Gannon, programme manager Steps for Change, who is based with the Salvation Army, said: “Different agencies are bringing a range of experience together. People should call in and see what we do.”

Cllr David Welsh, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, added: “Steps for Change is an important scheme and is having a big impact on the welfare of rough sleepers.”

See the general support available for rough sleepers.

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