Extra beds made up to help town’s homeless

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Doncaster’s rough sleepers received a Christmas boost from the local authority with extra beds made available to keep them off the street.

The borough council confirmed it has increased the amount of overnight accommodation for homeless people over winter months.

The authority’s contractor, M25 Housing and Support Group, has set aside 10 beds at Wharf House on Wharf Road, near Doncaster town centre, from this month until March next year.

Anyone who is currently homeless can call in, or they may be referred by another agency.

The reasons for people coming to Wharf House are varied but many of those who are homeless are struggling with personal and health issues, such as drug and alcohol addiction.

For that reason some end up staying for a number of months and receiving support to break out of street life.

To assist those who have been receiving help and are ready to move towards more independent living, the council has also commissioned 14 new units of supported accommodation in the community from M25.

Deputy Mayor Glyn Jones, cabinet member for housing, said: “Although our rough sleeper count is low in Doncaster, our aim is that no Doncaster resident will be without a bed during the cold winter months.”

Joyce Foster, executive director at M25, said: “We are delighted to be extending our services to rough sleepers in Doncaster through this increased provision with skilled, experienced staff.”

Volunteers and staff from the M25 Group were also busy yesterday running a Boxing Day Café at the United Reformed Church in Hallgate, with festive hot food being served.