6:33 pm, Sat 01 Mar 2014
The number of homeless people in Bristol is on the rise - almost 90% per cent in 3 years according to a charity that supports them.
Hundreds of volunteers slept rough in the city last night to help raise funds and awareness of the issue.
Laura Makin-Isherwood reports:
12:15 pm, Sat 01 Mar 2014
Camilla Frederick took part in the Big Sleep out after becoming involved with
Bristol Night Stop.
The charity finds places for young people without homes somewhere to say, and Ms Frederick becoming a host has been 'eye-opening'.
11:50 am, Sat 01 Mar 2014
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.
10:30 am, Sat 01 Mar 2014
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.
10:00 am, Sat 01 Mar 2014
The Big Sleep Out is is in its second year.
Last year the campaign raised over £4500 in Bristol, but this year organisers hope that amount will be exceeded.
The event is
supported by The Big Issue, who say taking part gives a small insight into what it might be like to live without a safe place to call home.
9:47 am, Sat 01 Mar 2014
The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, says homelessness in the city is on the rise.
Since 2011 the number of people approaching the Council in a state of
statutory homelessness has increased by 86%.
There has also been a sharp rise in the number of people known to be sleeping rough - from nine in 2012, to 40 in the Autumn of 2013.