Rough sleeper help in hot weather

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The city council is encouraging members of the public to help the authorities as they continue to provide support for rough sleepers during this period of hot weather.

With temperatures set to increase throughout this week, rough sleepers are as vulnerable to the elements as they are during periods of extreme cold in winter.

The council is working with its partners at Catching Lives, Porchlight, the Street Pastors and businesses via the Canterbury Business Improvement District to distribute bottled water and sun cream, and is funding Catching Lives to open its day centre until 3pm to cover the time of day when temperatures are at their highest.

Ways in which the public can assist include buying a rough sleeper a bottle of water to help reduce the risk of dehydration, sun cream to guard against getting burnt and a hat to help avoid sun stroke.

These items can be donated to Catching Lives at 13 Station Road East in Canterbury. Outreach teams from both Catching Lives and Porchlight are out every day helping rough sleepers to stay safe in the heat and giving them the support they need to access accommodation.

Chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, said: “People think about rough sleepers during the winter, but not as much when summer comes. However, being on the streets all day in the kind of temperatures we’re seeing at the moment brings a variety of health dangers.

“If you are able to help us and our partners in some of the ways being suggested, it will be greatly appreciated. We’re out and about every day and can make sure resources are targeted where they are really needed.”