Corby Borough Council is pleased to be working in partnership with East Northants Community Services (ENCS) to deliver a night shelter and supported housing complex to Corby’s rough sleeper community.
Following successful funding bids and planning permission the new night shelter, situated at Dorking House, Dorking Walk, Corby, is set to tackle rough sleeping within the Borough with the help of ENCS who will manage the complex.
The shelter is expected to be open before the winter season sets in and will keep its doors open all year round to ensure that anyone who is, or is at threat of, rough sleeping has an option to resolve the situation. The shelter will provide a bed for the night whilst engaging with service users to access the support that they need to find their own pathway to independent and sustainable housing.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Housing, Cllr Bob Eyles, said:
“With rough sleeping becoming a growing concern nationally, it’s great news that we are in a position to tackle the issue within the Borough as best we can. We thank East Northants Community Services for expressing their interest and we look forward to working with them in the future to help not only keep people off the streets, but to provide much needed support and advice to get users of the shelter back on their feet.”
Operations Manager at East Northants Community Services, Jo Burns, said:
“We have been running a night shelter and supporting individuals in Rushden for over 10 years and hope to utilise this knowledge and experience to manage this new project in Corby. Our aim is not only to provide a bed, but support and resources for individuals to move into more permanent housing. We are excited by our new partnership with Corby Borough Council and look forward to working with them with the shared aim of supporting those in need.”
As part of their dedication to the night shelter, ENCS will also be looking for volunteers who are passionate about helping those in need in the community. If you have a couple of evenings or nights to spare a few times a month, or even once a week, please get in touch or visit, www.encs.org.uk, where you can find more details on how to apply. We will be looking for individuals to cover an evening shift (6pm-10pm) and then a sleeping night shift (10pm-9am).
Equally, if you think you may be able to help in another way, please get in touch via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
Corby Borough Council was successful in acquiring £115k from the Rough Sleeper Initiative Funding and took the decision to pair this up with funding from the Council’s General Fund Reserves in order to deliver a housing pathway package to address the accommodation and support needs of its resident rough sleepers.