Assertive Outreach – On a weekly basis, a team of community social workers, student social workers and volunteers who have personal experience of homelessness, take to the streets in the afternoon (usually between 16.00 and 18.00) to make contact with people sleeping rough. The aims of the outreach are to assess and monitor patterns and levels of people sleeping rough in Preston and to promote and encourage the engagement of rough sleepers in support services.
The route that is taken during outreach sessions is developed from intelligence form past and current rough sleepers. The team do not wake those who are sleeping, but return to them with a hot drink and food. The majority of new contacts follow on to access support from community social workers at the Community Cafe.