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We opened Malvern Day Centre in February 2020. An average of 6 people access each day (open Tuesday and Friday). The Centre engages with people who are both homeless and vulnerable. If we compare the number of rough sleepers per head of population Malvern has a significantly worse problem than Birmingham. Evidence shows that rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness will not travel to Worcester where most services are based. Evidence suggests that rough sleepers prefer to remain in an area with which they are familiar. Therefore, it is essential that services are provided in an area that people feel safe. Our aim is to extend our 12-month pilot of Malvern Day Centre for another 12 months to continue to address people’s short-term needs (e.g. accessing food warmth and shelter) which will then enable longer-term engagement (e.g. finding a home and addressing any issues they face). Thus, providing a platform to build relationships and create opportunity for change.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There is a benefit to supporting rough sleepers and society. Rough sleepers are regularly abused in public places, increasing isolation. Maggs reduces the amount of anti-social behaviour in the area. Without a place to go rough sleepers would congregate, and with nothing to occupy their time more likely to engage in anti-social behaviour, such as loitering, begging and alcohol/substance misuse. These behaviours make Malvern a less attractive place for people to come and visit. So Maggs assists the local economy and businesses by helping to promote a pleasant and relaxed area and so encouraging visitors to. Malvern. Questionnaires show the benefits from attending Maggs, i.e. increased confidence, improved wellbeing and a reduction in offending and substance use. The reduction in substance misuse reduces crime by reducing shoplifting and theft to fund their habit.Maintaining a routine is difficult for those who have chaotic lifestyles, attending the Day Centre helps to do this.
Steps to get it done:
The majority of rough sleepers are disadvantaged, socially isolated and have multiple complex needs. They are most marginalized groups in society, many unable to fulfill their primary basic needs. Many face significant barriers to reintegrating into society. Intervention is essential to assist them to address their current difficulties. Most clients have multiple complex needs including health and substance misuse issues.
About the space
Malvern Hills District Council