One of our outreach workers in Leeds give us an insight into going on outreach early in the morning and why it's important.
My day starts at 5am when the alarm goes off. My team member and I are doing early morning outreach this morning, walking around the city to find rough sleepers who need help and support. By going out early in the morning we can engage with people as they are waking up and they are often less likely to be taking drugs or alcohol. We can discuss their situation, offer emotional and practical support and direct them to St Anne’s Resource Centre, a local day shelter which provides breakfast.
This morning we covered a fair few miles and were able to engage with rough sleepers throughout the outskirts of Leeds in Headingly, Hyde Park and Burley. Many of the people we encountered were not engaging with other services so we gave them our contact details and will continue to communicate and build relationships with these individuals until they feel ready to take on our support.