Getting people off the streets

Stepping Stones

Our contribution to reducing homelessness and rough sleeping takes two main forms.

Prior to Coronavirus we co-ordinated the local church in Reading to run a night shelter – B4N. Now we are running a daily HUB where those who have been housed temporarily in B&B’s etc due to winter weather can have a cooked lunch and somewhere warm to relax during the day.

Our second approach is through “Stepping Stones” whereby we provide a “Navigator” (Mary) to work alongside individuals who are in process of getting off the street or into accommodation. Often they just need encouraging to go to appointments or help with completing paperwork. We are of course well placed to provide temporary emergency food parcels to those freshly in accommodation through ReadiFood.

Stepping Stones also works with those who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). Often these are men who came to the U.K. from the continent, to a job which has subsequently ended.

We also work closely with the Reading Borough Council provision in the form of ……

St Mungos is a National organisation with a major work in London housing rough sleepers

They do a fantastic job in Reading tracking down people who are rough sleeping, this from their own website ……

Reading Street Outreach team

Were commissioned by Reading Borough Council to manage the outreach service in 2008 – our first Southern and South West England Regions project.

Like all our services, the Reading Street Outreach team has developed a real understanding, through training and experience, of the many factors that cause people to become homeless. Staff use the Recovery approach when working with clients. They also

  • Work alongside other agencies, such as local authority and private sector housing, health, public safety and enforcement teams, and individuals to analyse client need, street activity and available resources to develop street strategies.
  • Work in partnership with other services to find and support clients who are street homeless, and refer them into the most appropriate accommodation, where they can continue to be supported around their complex issues.
  • Use a harm minimisation/reduction model around substance use, and work with voluntary drug agencies on joint shifts to support some individuals. Other support is around entering residential detox/rehab treatment, and counselling.

Contact: If you are worried about a rough sleeper in Reading, contact our national outreach team, StreetLink on 0300 500 0914 or download the app.

Read about the Reading team’s work in the cold weather.

Find out more about our work supporting homeless women in Reading here.

Other homeless and housing provision charities here.