The Clean Machine, a mobile laundry service based In Bournemouth, visited our Wednesday afternoon drop-in during March to allow the guys to get their clothing and sleeping bags washed and dried.
At our AGM on Sunday 7 April 2019 at Skinner Street URC, Poole, reports were given for the years 2017-18 and 2018-19. Andrew Teale, service manager for rough sleeper team St Mungo’s, and Katie Bathy, CMHT nurse, spoke of how important R2R’s drop-ins have become to them as an engaging tool with their clients. Regular attendance there enables them to talk to clients in an informal and relaxed atmosphere and work closely with other healthcare providers to ensure better outcomes. Our patron, The Right Reverend Karen Gorham, Bishop of Sherborne, was in attendance and spoke of how pleased she was to see how the charity is extending its ability to help and moving forward with more drop-ins and extended opening hours.
Bitterly cold weather triggered SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Provision) at the start of the New Year in Poole. St Mungo’s rough sleeper team provided shelter for 5 or 6 homeless people on 2 January 2019, for the first time at Skinner Street URC Hall instead of the less accessible out of town accommodation. Hot food was not available so Routes to Roots left packed lunches for them all for Wednesday and Thursday. As Friday night is an R2R drop-in evening, hot food was provided as usual. As temperatures rose above zero on week commencing 7 January, the rough sleeper team has had to deactivate SWEP until further notice.