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Hi all,

please see a message below from Fiona Colley, Director of StreetLink.  For those of you that are not aware of what Street Link is, it exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them.

If you want to find out more, click on the following link STREETLINK

While most people will celebrate the arrival of the warm weather, for those who don’t have anywhere to shelter from it, it can be dangerous.  

For people sleeping on the streets, it can be a challenge to find drinking water, cool showers and cool spaces to spend time in, while, without safe storage, people are often wearing extra layers or carrying heavy bags all day. Many people who sleep rough also have underlying physical health issues such as lung and heart problems which can be exacerbated by the heat. 

The UK Health Security Agency’s Heatwave Plan warns that, “in contrast to deaths associated with cold snaps in winter, the rise in mortality as a result of very warm weather follows very sharply – within one or two days of the temperature rising.” Therefore, knowing what best to do when you see someone sleeping rough in the heat is vitally important.  

People sleeping rough are at particular risk of heat exhaustion. Some of the symptoms include headaches, dizziness and confusion, loss of appetite and nausea, excessive sweating and fast breathing and pulse. If you see someone exhibiting any of these symptoms, or talk to someone who mentions them, the NHS advises four actions to cool someone down (only put these into practice if you feel safe doing so):  

  • Move them to a cool place 
  • Get them to lie down and raise their feet slightly 
  • Get them to drink plenty of water 
  • Cool their skin by spraying or sponging them with water 

For people who don’t exhibit any signs of needing emergency health care, check if they are happy to accept items such as water and sunscreen. And of course, send a StreetLink alert to help the local outreach team target their resources to offer support.  

StreetLink expects to receive a surge in alerts during the hot weather so, if you're able, please donate what you can to help us connect as many people as possible to local support. 

 


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Mark Evans
(Gloucestershire Constabulary, Police Constable 1227 , Gloucester City NHT)

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