People sleeping rough in Trafford are now guaranteed a bed this winter

By David Prior at

People sleeping rough in Altrincham and the whole Trafford borough are being offered a dedicated place to sleep during the cold winter months.

Great Places Housing Group, working in partnership with Trafford Council, Trafford Housing Trust and Irwell Valley, has agreed to turn unoccupied office space into a night shelter, as part of the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s A Bed Every Night provision.

Currently, councils are only required to provide cold weather provision when the temperatures drop to 0C or below. But the 10 councils of Greater Manchester have now agreed with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, that there will be a bed every night for rough sleepers from November 1st until March 31st.

Trafford Council has been providing beds for rough sleepers but now there is a dedicated provision for the A Bed Every Night scheme. The night shelter in Trafford has 10 bed spaces available at Pomona Gardens in Old Trafford, which is a supported accommodation scheme run by Great Places.

Cllr Kevin Procter, Trafford Council Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It is heart-breaking when anyone has to sleep rough, all the more so during freezing weather.

“We are delighted to be able to commit to the A Bed Every Night scheme and would like to thank our partners – Great Places, Trafford Housing Trust (THT), Irwell Valley Housing Association and Moss Care St Vincent’s; in enabling this to happen.”

The night provision, which opened on Saturday 1st December, is being provided free of charge, while Trafford Housing Trust has donated £5,000 for essential items to assist with the provision.

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