Officers from the Sheffield Central and North West Neighbourhood team will be joining our city centre partners on Thursday (11 April), for day of positive engagement with vulnerable people in the city centre.
In a move to encourage individuals to access help immediately, an ‘on-the-spot support hub and recovery van’ is being set up on Fargate, which will be manned by staff from the Probation Service, the Department for Work and Pensions, housing, the rough sleeper service and city centre drugs workers.
Two of our city centre based officers, PC Paul Briggs and PCSO Steve Hart, will be part of a patrol team speaking to a range of vulnerable people, including street beggars and rough sleepers, encouraging them to accept help.
PC Paul Briggs: “It’s very easy for people who have resorted to sleeping rough to say they will get help ‘another day’. We have a clearer picture than ever of who is sleeping on our streets and we know they are not following up offers of help.
“We will always encourage individuals to access support as soon as possible and where we can our officers will accompany people to support services. However, this isn’t always practical, straight-forward or quick enough for people in crisis, so this on-the-spot support hub is a great idea which we fully support.
“We will be talking to people and encouraging them to visit the recovery van there and then, hopefully we’ll get lots of people the help they need quicker than usual. The team will be visible on Thursday, so if you want to ask us any questions we would love to speak to you.”
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