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Helping our homeless in cold weather

Monday, 2 March 2020

Our Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) has been activated, which means we will have night-time help for rough sleepers available up to and including the night of Friday, 6 March.

Service providers in Central Bedfordshire

Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service, The Black Horse - Night Shelter

21 North Street
Leighton Buzzard

Telephone: 01525 381129 
Mobile: 07842 122429

The Black Horse, Night Shelter is open 5.30pm to 8.00am on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On a Wednesday the Night Shelter opens later at 7.30pm. 

Evening meals are provided 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Trinity Methodist Church, North Street, Leighton Buzzard provide an evening meal on a Wednesday. 

Leighton-Linslade Homeless Service can provide severe weather emergency (SWEP) overnight provision for 3 extra Service Users during SWEP at the Black Horse Night Shelter.

If more than 3 service users need to access emergency accommodation during severe weather, the Night Shelter will arrange transport to the Welfare Centre in Luton and return travel to Central Bedfordshire the following morning.

Service users may access the provision direct through a self-referral.

NOAH Enterprise

Welfare Centre
141 Park Street

Telephone: 01582 728416
Website: NOAH Enterprise

Service provided at The Welfare Centre from 8pm until 10pm after which, overnight shelter is provided in Luton Central Baptist Church until 7am.  

In order for the provision to be accessible to service users sleeping rough within the Central Bedfordshire area, local volunteers will provide an assembly point from which transport will be provided to the Welfare Centre in Luton. The Welfare Centre will arrange return travel to Central Bedfordshire the following morning. Alternatively, service users may access the provision direct through self-referral. 

The assembly point in Central Bedfordshire is Salvation Army, Bull Pond Lane, Dunstable LU6 3AH between 7:30pm and 8pm.

Providers in neighbouring authorities

  • Bedford – Somewhere Safe to Stay Hub, 26 Harpur Street Bedford, MK40 1LB

Additional help

If you are aware of anyone sleeping rough who may need support during this time, you can report it via the Streetlink app. It only takes a minute to point an outreach worker to their location and get them help. Go to Streetlink to register or download the app from your app store. You will then get an update when the person has been visited by outreach workers and what is being done.