How to help someone who is sleeping rough during the cold weather.

If you are concerned about a person who is sleeping rough, there are a number of things you can do.

You can report a rough sleeper through the national 24 hours website www.streetlink.org.uk  or phone them on 0300 500 0914, and the information will be passed to the outreach team closest to the rough sleeper. You will need to supply the exact location where the rough sleeper can be found

During office hours Monday to Friday you can call Oxspot, the Oxford City Council outreach team on 01865 243229, and out of hours, O’Hanlon House on 01865 304601 who will be able to give advice.

If you believe a rough sleeper’s health or safety are in immediate danger ring the emergency services, 999, giving an exact location.

Food can be obtained free of charge at The Gatehouse, 10 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HT, tel: 01865 792999 5.00 – 7.00 pm Monday to Friday and Sunday 4.00 – 6.00 pm.

The Porch, 139 Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RL, tel: 01865 251798 provides low cost lunches and suppers Monday to Saturday.