Sleeping rough to help the homeless in Bristol

People in Bristol have taken part in a sponsored 'sleep-out' to help raise awareness of homelessness in the city.

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  1. Laura Makin-Isherwood

Numbers sleeping rough rose last year

The average number of people sleeping rough in Bristol averaged at 27 a week in 2013.

A count is undertaken each Friday morning in the city by staff from homeless charity St Mungo's to give an approximate indication of the levels of rough sleeping.

Numbers peaked in November 2013 with 40 people seen found on the streets in one week.

People taking part in Bristol's Big Sleep Out said it had raised their awareness of the difficulties those without homes face.

  1. Laura Makin-Isherwood

Homelessness budgets cut but support projects strong

Bristol City Council's budgets for preventing homelessness have been reduced by 20% from 2011-2015.

Other programmes and projects are in place in the city. A scheme called No Second Night Out is in place moving those who are new to the streets into accommodation. This week mental health charity Second Step was awarded £10 million by the BUG Lottery to help Bristol's most vulnerable.

Mayor George Ferguson says it's important to support those who need help.

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  1. Laura Makin-Isherwood

People rough it overnight for sponsored sleep-out

People in Bristol have volunteered to 'sleep rough' overnight to raise awareness of homelessness in the city.

The event, organised by the Bristol Christian Action Network, saw volunteers sleeping in the grounds of the St Philip and St Jacob Church (known locally as Pip n Jay Church).

As well as awareness many of those taking part were fundraising for homeless charities.

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