Supporting those in crisis
Supporting those in crisis
The Sanctuary is a 6 bed night shelter which offers not just a bed, but real support for individuals who have found themselves homeless. We are open every evening and have a full support team working Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm.
The Support Team is also able to provide information, advice and guidance to anyone who is homeless or threatened with homelessness even if we cannot offer you a bed.
We have a qualified Counsellor who supports our residents and offer a weekly peer group sessions. Residents can access our other services including CAP Job Club which help those on benefits access suitable volunteering and work experience.
|If you are homeless:||You can self refer by contacting us directly by phone 01933 353946 or by coming in to see us from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, you can come to see our Duty Admissions Officer between 6.30pm – 8.30 pm Sunday to Friday.|
|If you are an Agency:||You can contact us by phone from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday.|
If you are not homeless but need support about housing issues, please contact us directly by phone 01933 353946 to make an appointment to see us.
Anyone 18 to 65 years old, finding themselves homeless or threatened with homelessness can apply to The Sanctuary Night-shelter for advice and guidance. If we have a bed space, applicants will undergo an interview and assessment to ensure that the eligibility criteria are met and determine whether there is a need to signpost the client to other help agencies.
We provide equal opportunities to all and anyone who needs help with housing is within our remit.
We only have 2 beds at any time for individuals with current addictions; one for alcohol addictions and one for current drug users. This is so we can appropriately support each person who stays with us.
Any person who has no security of where they are to be living next week and/or who are in a place of accommodation which for health, safety, overcrowding, post institutionalisation, fear of violence or well-being reasons that they themselves consider, is unsuitable, or who are living illegally in another’s premises or who have no fixed abode, or are rough sleeping, are considered to be homeless.
All meeting one or more of these criteria are considered to be homeless for all practical and social intervention reasons within the scope of this service.
We charge £2 per night as a service fee.
You can always give us a call on 01933 353946 or come in and see us between 9am-1pm weekdays or 6.30pm-8.30pm Sunday to Friday. However, you should go straight to see any council, although preferably the one where you live, and ask to make a HOMELESSNESS APPLICATION (this is different from going on the Housing Register).
The first question a council has to consider when you make a Homelessness Application is whether or not you are homeless within the definitions in the Housing Act. You don’t have to be rough sleeping to be considered homeless. Most people who are legally homeless are not on the streets. There are many situations where the council must accept you are homeless.
If the council believes you are homeless, it must go on to look into two further things to decide if it has a legal duty to provide you with emergency, temporary accommodation. These are:
If the council feel you are homeless, eligible for assistance and in priority need, they are obliged to find you suitable, temporary accommodation whilst they complete further investigations.
To decide if you are entitled to help with longer term housing the council will then consider two further questions:
You can apply to any council for help if you are homeless or threatened with homelessness and can make a Homelessness Application with any council but it is much easier if you go to one where you have a local connection. You could have a local connection with more than one area, so it’s important to choose carefully which council you apply to.
Having a “local connection” is about your links with an area. You have a local connection with a local council’s area if you fall into one of the following categories.
There are other special reasons that the council considers as a local connection. For example, you may need to live in an area to receive specialist health care or because in the past you lived in the area for a long time.
Our paid staff work during the week days and are on duty between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. The Sanctuary itself is able to be offered to those that are homeless because of our wonderful volunteers. If you would like to come and see if volunteering at The Sanctuary is for you, please give us a call or take a look at our volunteering or job opportunities.
To provide an emergency homeless shelter and associated support works in Rushden of up to 4 beds for all people who class themselves as homeless.
To quantify the scale and need of this social problem in the surrounding area.
To promote a partnership approach to the homelessness issue that will attempt to seek solutions for the real, as yet hidden problem.
To have this temporary emergency provision and services superseded by a longer-term solution to the homelessness crisis in our region following the implementation of the strategy of this service, towards these reachable goals and having achieved the successful outcomes as indicated below.
To provide an emergency homeless shelter that will provide a safe but basic place of refuge for a period of up to 7 days whilst the above process is being handled.
To set up a contact point to quantify the numbers of homeless people.
To have clients’ needs assessed, offer practical support and provide a signposting service to other agencies and support groups in a personalised program of intervention and support, tailored to individual need and situation.
To highlight the needs and problems of the homeless community in our area partnering together with others in responding appropriately to this need, in a way that focuses on issues of resolution rather than avoidance of the scale and the personal impact of the problem
At the end of the 1 year pilot project, to have the necessary data, cooperation and support of all the potential partner agencies active, involved or responsible for homelessness to have concluded a joint action plan to help in deliver an effective and viable means of support to all those effected by the issue of homelessness.
Office: 01933 733001
Night Shelter: 01933 353946
Recovery House: 01933 353760
c/o Full Gospel Church
60 High Street South
Registered Charity No. 1154210