Rough sleepers

Cold weather provision

When temperatures drop, those who are homeless and sleeping rough are at risk of serious illness or even death. To prevent this happening, Wigan Council in partnership with Riverside Care and Support and The Brick, arrange cold weather accommodation.

If you know of or spot someone sleeping rough during cold and icy conditions, you can telephone the Housing Options Advice Centre on 01942 489005 who will try to help anyone who is at risk.

No second night out

As well as the cold weather provision in the borough, Wigan Council is a partner in the 'No Second Night Out' initiative which operates across Greater Manchester.

Anyone who finds themselves in difficulty and ends up sleeping rough for one night should be prevented from doing so again.

Staff at Wigan Council and The Brick can refer those who need it to accommodation provided for 'No Second Night Out' by Riverside Care and Support.

If you come across anyone sleeping rough please contact the teams and they will do what they can to get that person off the streets:

A bed every nightA Bed Every Night

Wigan will be participating in A Bed Every Night campaign, a Greater Manchester winter provision committed to helping rough sleepers, or those who face immediate risk of rough sleeping, and have no alternative accommodation available to them.

We aim to:

  • Offer quick access to accommodation that meets their basic needs and includes food and access to bathing facilities
  • Work closely with those accommodated to encourage sustainable changes for their housing, health and wellbeing 
  • Engage them in activities and help them use their own knowledge, skills and experience to achieve positive change.

How long will it run for?

The programme runs from 1st November 2018 until 31st March 2019 and is triggered regardless of the temperature.

How to refer

It’s helpful if you can give us as much information as possible to ensure we respond appropriately. 

We will assess the information provided and visit the location to try to engage the individual.

  • For out of hours support in the event of an emergency call 01942 828777
  • Visit Street Support for further information on referrals across Greater Manchester Local Authorities.

Real Change

Giving money to the homeless

Rather than giving money to people on the street, Real Change Wigan and Leigh has been set up to raise funds to directly support people in the local area experiencing homelessness.

It uses the funds generated to pay for practical items which directly help people to move off the streets or avoid homelessness, like a deposit for a home, rent, essential household items, a training course, or shoes or clothes for a job interview etc.


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