Arc’s Outreach Team are often the first point of contact for rough sleepers. The team do early morning Outreach walkabouts, locating any new rough sleepers and checking on those that are known to services. The team also respond quickly to reports of rough sleepers from the general public or other agencies.
As well as searching for rough sleepers, Arc’s Outreach Team also base themselves at drop in services in Taunton (Open Door) and Bridgwater (West Street Church). Here, they can offer support, advice and signposting to address housing issues and assess the individual for suitable accommodation.
The team also manage 11 ‘crash pads’, which are emergency rooms available on a night by night basis, with a view to moving clients into a room within the hostel or other suitable accommodation.
The Outreach Team cover Taunton Deane, West Somerset and Sedgemoor.