What is SWEP?
When the weather is forecasted to be very cold for three consecutive nights,
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) is activated.
Sleeping Rough In The Winter
The reality of sleeping outside night after night is traumatic whenever it occurs, but is especially true
during the winter, when extreme temperatures can kill.
This is why SPEAR has organised and planned the logistics of SWEP, in order to be ready for a time
when the temperatures drop to low levels and so that the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol-
SWEP can be activated put into action problem free.
IF YOU SEE A ROUGH SLEEPER / HOMELESS PERSON IN SUTTON,
PLEASE EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT THEY NEED TO PRESENT
THEMSELVES AT THE SUTTON COUNCIL OFFICES.
If you see someone outside the Sutton area, this is what to do :-
Report a Rough Sleeper
Making the right authorities aware of a rough sleeper is simple and can change a life.
Please fill in the form at StreetLink:
StreetLink is an organisation who will ensure any referral about a rough sleeper in
England and Wales is passed to the correct local team, so please use this wherever you
see someone experiencing homelessness.
Using the reporting form is the easiest way for the information to be saved & sent to the
correct person, however, if you are having any challenges with this reporting form,
or have further questions please contact SPEAR Outreach team on 020 8404 1481.
Homeless charity SPEAR, in partnership with the local authorities is able to provide emergency
accommodation for those with nowhere else to go.
When SWEP is activated, the SPEAR Outreach team are actively looking to engage with the rough
sleepers within the Boroughs of South West London & North Surrey to let them know that they will
have somewhere warm to sleep that night with a warm meal.
Being able to house rough sleepers in the hostel during this time not only means people have a safe
and warm place to sleep during severe weather, but also gives SPEAR the opportunity to get to know
them and help assess their needs for housing in the longer term.