BCAN (Bristol Christian
Helping Christians Respond To Social Needs
Bristol Homeless Forum
This is part of the BCAN Road Map of services for homeless people. The main pages are:
The organisations have been put into four groups:
The council commissions and contracts The Compass Centre (amongst a range of homelessness grant funded services, such as Nightstop), the New Street Centre (to be renamed the Wellbeing Centre and to be run from next June by St Mungos and Second Step, in partnership), as well as most of Bristol's hostels (via Supporting People contracts)
Following a root and branch service review, Friday 22 January 2010 is the last day of the Homelessness Policy and Strategy Team. After this date, its roles and responsibilities will be taken on by two other teams within Bristol City Council:
From 25 January, the Homelessness Policy Officers will retain their current contact details but will be based in the Housing Advice Team at Schooner House: Hywel Caddy, Julie Matthews, Tom Rhodes and Richard Wadsworth.
The Preventing Homelessness Board will report to the Bristol Partnership (via Homes4Bristol). It is part of the consultation structures provided by the council.
The Preventing Homelessness Board will have a number of sub-groups, such as:
Housing Solutions is a department (or 'service') within the council. The Service manager is Richard Nochar. Richard reports to Nick Hooper, who is the Service director, strategic housing.
Housing Solutions includes:
Address: The Blackberry Centre, Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol, BS16 2EW.
Telephone: 0117 378 4500.
Provides treatment services for drug users in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. You cannot self-refer. Access is via BDP or your GP.
A specialist clinic providing testing and treatment for sexually related conditions including HIV/AIDS.
Address: 11 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE
The principal activity of Bristol Drugs Project is to reduce substance-related harm.
Address: 1 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP.
The Compass Centre is on the ground floor, below the Jamaica Street Hostel. To get in, you need to take the door on the right.
The Manager of the Night Centre, Jeremy Townend, manages the provision of the Night Centre service. This sevice is referal only, it is NOT a night shelter. Clients who wish to access the Night Centre need to be referred by the Outreach Team. There is a direct access night shelter at Little Bishop St, off Wilder St (not open Thursdays & Sundays).
The Support Manager of the Outreach Team, Dawn Osbourne-Tiller, manages the Assertive Outreach service engaging with rough sleepers in Bristol. Manages the referall of rough sleepers to the Night Centre. This team is based at the Compass Centre, but only sees clients there by appointment. If you want to help a rough sleeper access this service, refer them to New St Day Centre.
The TREE Coordinator, Christian Maenzanise (email), is managed by Alabaré Christian Care Centres. Telephone 0117 944 0586 (land line) or 07786 033 154 (mobile). Once St Mungos take over running the Compass Centre, in the Autumn of 2009, the plan is to have two TREE workers: one will organise the training and run some of the classes, and the other will be responsible for outreach (getting the clients involved) and will have a caseload.
Address: 1 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP.
The hostel is on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd floors, above the Compass Centre. To get in, you need to take the door on the left.
The Support Manager, Mark Bearcroft, manages the provision of support to Hostel residents.
The Housing Manager, Bill Roberts, is responsible for all of the physical building management, and the landlords responsibilities. This includes the whole building and premises of 1 Jamaica St.
The Support Manager and Housing Manager are line-managed by the Performance Manager for Bristol, Ian Stenner.
In June 2010, this will be renamed the Wellbeing Centre and will be run by St Mungos and Second Step, in partnership.
Address: 34 Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8RG.
Telephone: 0844 515 1430.
Run the Shelter 'Homeless to Home' project.
Address: Unit 20, Barton Hill Trading Estate, Maze Street, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9TQ.
Telephone: 0117 954 0861.
Web site: www.aspire-bristol.co.uk.
Full time employment and work placements for homeless and ex-homeless people. Training and support provided to assist people making the transition into work.
The Big Issue offers:
To use the service (to get 'badged-up') you would need:
Address: 31-33 Midland Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0JT.
Telephone: 0117 954 0708.
Drop-in, free meals, shower and laundry facilities.
Address: 37 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP.
Telephone: 0117 983 1000.
Web site: www.samaritans.org/bristol.
Drop-in and telephone support.
Contact: Graham Wheeler (chair).
Telephone: 0117 908 7934.
Provide soup, sandwiches, coffee, biscuits, toiletries, blankets and information on services available for homeless people.
Address: 12 City Road, St Pauls, Bristol, BS2 8TP.
Telephone: 0117 942 3088.
Web site: www.crisis-centre.org.uk.
Contact: the Office Manager (email)
Crisis Centre Ministries ('CCM') has been running continually since 1984, providing a range of services to the vulnerable people in Bristol.
Also runs a Life Recovery Group on Friday evenings and Home Church on Saturday evenings. Please contact CCM for more details.
Address: PRSC HQ, 35 Jamaica Street, Bristol, BS2 8JP
Contact: Rachael Marmite (email)
Telephone: 07515 263 722
PRSC don't work with homeless people in any professional/official way but sometimes have volunteer opportunities e.g. street cleaning, clearing, painting etc
Rachael is happy to meet people who might be interested to volunteer and take their contact details for when such opportunities arise. To volunteer, people have to be sober (or virtualy sober) and willing to work. PRSC are not a drop in centre!
Bristol Alcoholism Recovery Service
Address: Serenity House, 43 St Nicholas Street, Bristol BS1 1TP
Telephone: 0117 927 7839
Run the Recovery Dynamics twelve-step programme.
The Community of the Sisters of the Church.
Address: 82 Ashley Road, St Pauls, Bristol BS6 5NT.
Provide food parcels and hot and cold drinks.