Homeless people sleeping rough in Woking, Waverley and Guildford boroughs can access a warm bed for the night if temperatures fall below zero for a period of three days or more, thanks to a joint initiative called Winter Watch.
Local councils in the three areas have been working together with the York Road Project, Surrey Supporting People and churches in Woking to ensure that rough sleepers can find accommodation and get a hot meal if the temperatures plummet during the winter months.
Anyone who is sleeping rough and suffering in freezing temperatures will be able to approach their local council for a referral to the Winter Watch Scheme.
All people who meet the scheme's criteria will then be asked to visit the York Road Project in Woking where they will be given a meal and access to a night's accommodation. Help with travel will also be available for people outside Woking.
Contact details for the three councils concerned are as follows:
- Guildford Borough Council - 01483 444244
- Waverley Borough Council - 01483 523333
- Woking Borough Council - 01483 75585
A list of emergency contacts by area can be found here: Homelessness contacts
The cold weather criteria used for opening Winter Watch services is set by the Department of Communities and Local Government. No government funding is provided to meet the costs of any extra services or provision over cold spells.
Winter Watch is funded by Guildford, Waverley and Woking Borough Councils together with Safer Guildford and Surrey Supporting People - Surrey County Council's team which administers funding for supported accommodation in Surrey.
The York Road Project in Woking is a direct access hostel for single, homeless people offering 11 beds and catering facilities. It is open daily from 6pm to 8am. A drop-in café is open Monday to Thursday from 11am to 2pm. For further information, please phone 01483 728739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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