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Tell us if you spot a rough sleeper this Christmas

News item published on 20 December 2023

Residents are urged to tell Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) if they see someone sleeping rough on the streets or out in the open this Christmas.

Anyone who does see a rough sleeper should tell the Streetlink service at Streetlink will pass the details to the council and their partners, who will find the rough sleeper to check if they are already getting help. If they are not, support – including accommodation – will be offered.

MHDC works closely with charities and health organisations to help rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness, and shelters will be opening in the area for rough sleepers from 23 to 27 December.

They are operated on MHDC’s behalf by its contractor, the charity CCP (Caring for Communities & People), who also open the shelters during severe weather under the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP).

Cllr Natalie McVey, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Health at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Our housing team and our partners work incredibly hard throughout the year to support people who are homeless, as well as prevent people from losing their homes in the first place.

“But despite all the support available, we sadly still see people sleeping rough. We can offer help if we know where people are. If you see someone sleeping rough, please use and let us know, and maybe we can change someone’s life for the better this Christmas.”

Residents can support homeless people by donating to registered charity partners that work with the council to help and support rough sleepers. More information can be found at