Rough sleeper support

How we are helping and supporting rough sleepers

Our partner, St Mungo's have dedicated staff out on the streets every night, working with those who are sleeping rough to build trust, understand their needs and offer help.

Due to our big “everyone in” push back in March, we have far fewer homeless people now and most people are still accommodated in hotels or have moved on to longer term solutions. Currently the number of people living on the street is half the number compared with last winter.

We will continue to try to accommodate people across the winter including offering hotel accommodation and we are also looking at other possibilities.


The team is continuing to support everyone who is in accommodation throughout this period, contacting them regularly and ensuring they have everything they need.

Everyone rough sleeping that has been accommodated:

  • is provided with food
  • has access to a support worker every day and other specialist support staff

Additionally, partner agencies are involved to help support often multiple and complex needs. 

Food provision 

Breakfast is provided on site for everyone. To help residents adapt to sourcing food themselves through their welfare benefit entitlement, the YMCA and faith sector are currently assisting with the direct provision of three meals a day for some residents. 

Concerned about someone rough sleeping?

If you are worried about someone who is rough sleeping:

If you think the person you are concerned about is in immediate danger or needs urgent care, please call 999.

How you can help

Find out how to help tackle homelessness locally through StreetSupport.

Change For Good is a fund already in place to help those in emergency accommodation to move on to something more secure in the long term. This was set up by members of the local Homelessness Partnership and is independently administered by Dorset Community Foundation.  

If you wish to donate to help those rough sleeping all monies will go to help individuals recover from homelessness.