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Additional 23 beds available from November 4th for people sleeping rough in Galway

People who sleep rough in Galway City will have an additional 23 beds available to them for the winter period from November 4th 2019. The annual Cold Weather Response, operated by COPE Galway in conjunction with Galway City Council, comes into operation three weeks earlier than in previous winters. The additional beds are provided at the site of the COPE Galway Day Centre for Homeless on Seamus Quirke Road.

“These additional beds are specifically for people sleeping rough in Galway and will be available over the coldest and most inclement weeks and months of the year,” explained Martin O’Connor of COPE Galway. “The main aim is to provide a warm and safe place for people to be off the streets in the evening and night time, safeguarding them against the risk of harm associated with sleeping rough.  We also aim to work with and support individuals to identify long term solutions to their situation focusing on helping them secure accommodation and housing”.

The Cold Weather Response operates from 5.30pm each evening, providing night time sleeping accommodation along with access to a hot meal, shower and laundry facilities. Access to medical care and support is also provided with the support of the HSE.  During the day, those using the service will have access to supports through the COPE Galway operated Day Centre service.  The project will remain in place until April 24th 2020.

Last winter, during its 22 weeks of operation, the Cold Weather Response project accommodated 199 people ranging in age from 18 to over 80 years.

COPE Galway is asking the Galway public for their assistance to help spread the word about the availability of these additional beds and to also let the organisation know details of locations where people are rough sleeping.

You can phone 085 800 9641 and 085 800 9709 to contact the Cold Weather Response team during the evening and night time. You can also make contact during daytime hours, Monday to Saturday, by calling 091 525 259.

For further details, visit our Cold Weather Response.

Note to Editor:

COPE Galway is a local Galway organisation whose vision is an “Improved Quality of Life in a Home of your Own” for people affected by homelessness, women and children experiencing domestic abuse, and older people.

In 2018 COPE Galway worked with 949 adults and 457 children affected by homelessness in Galway, including 186 families and 612 single people. They also worked with 457 individual women and their children who were experiencing domestic abuse; produced and delivered 59,053 meals to older clients and to our services around Galway; worked with 730 older people at risk of isolation and supported 3,263 individuals through the FEAD programme (Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived).

For more information:

Phone 091 778 750 / Email info@copegalway.ie

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