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Helping our homeless in cold weather

Sunday, 16 February 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 18 February 2020.

Service providers in Central Bedfordshire

Amicus Trust, Night Owl Bus

Amicus Trust Night Owl Bus provide a mobile shelter with pre-arranged pick up points throughout the north of Central Bedfordshire. Up to date information on the Amicus Trust Facebook page.

Pick up points

  • 9 to 10pm: Biggleswade Bus station
  • 10:15pm to 10:45pm Sandy Bus Stop
  • 11pm to 11:15pm Arlesey Train Station
  • 11:30pm to 11:45pm Shefford (near Town Council/Dominos)
  • 12:15am to 12:30am Ampthill near Waitrose/Bus Stop
  • 12:45am to 1:15am Flitwick Village Hall

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

Shelter will be open during the day to safeguard rough sleepers during the stormy weather conditions.

21 North Street
Leighton Buzzard

The Black Horse, Night Shelter is open 5:30pm to 8am on Monday and Tuesday.

They will provide evening meals between 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

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

This service will be provided from 16 to 18 February.

NOAH Enterprise provide a meal and shelter for rough sleepers at The Welfare Centre from 8pm until 10pm after which, overnight shelter is provided in Luton Central Baptist Church until 7am. 

The assembly point in Central Bedfordshire is Salvation Army, Bull Pond Lane, Dunstable LU6 3AH

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.