Summit on Rough Sleeping

Summit on Rough Sleeping

4-5.30pm on Thursday 4th April

Palmerston Lecture Theatre , Spark Building, East Park Terrace

Southampton Solent University, SO14 0YN

Sleeping out is rough. Who cares?

The Beds, Begging and Business Conference last year has led to the formation of a partnership approach to tackling rough sleeping, drawing together organisations, businesses and individuals that care about tackling the level of rough sleeping in Southampton. This partnership is called the Southampton Street Support Action Group. During 2018, the partnership launched the StreetSupport Southampton website and App showing how people can find help for those that are homeless as well as give help.

This April, we are organising a summit to gather anyone who has already pledged support to the partnership and for anyone else that cares about this issue. Please join us in the vision, which was set out in our recently launched Southampton Rough Sleeping and Begging Charter.

At the summit, we will update on progress from the working groups since the charter was signed on 24th September 2018. This will include the converted container homes, welcome bags for those accessing hostels and the plans for move-on accommodation. A further concern is how to increase the emergency bed provision for next winter.

Conference organiser, Jo Ash said, ‘We firmly believe that Southampton cares and that by working together we can help people move off the streets and move into suitable, supported accommodation. Our charter sets out a vision where no-one needs to sleep rough or beg in Southampton. People deserve better and this summit is about ensuring that happens


  • Welcome
  • Update from Action Groups
  • New winter provision – making it happen
  • New video – action to publicise and share

We are meeting at Southampton Solent University because several of their students have been working with us to co-produce a film showing behind-the-doors footage of the work in Southampton to support those who are homeless. The new short film will be screened at the summit. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Julie Hall said, ‘We are pleased to be hosting this summit addressing the issue of rough sleeping and begging. Our students have worked hard to research and understand how agencies are working together to support people who are homeless. I’m looking forward to seeing the film they have produced to support the work of Street Support in Southampton’.

Please book in using the Eventbrite page and feel free to publicise the event to any interested people and organisations.

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