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PHA's Keep Warm Scheme helps Belfast's rough sleepers


Public Health Agency

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

Rough sleepers across Belfast are receiving clothes to help them keep warm and dry this winter, through the Public Health Agency's (PHA) 'Keep Warm' Scheme.The clothing and other protective items are being distributed to organisations working directly with rough sleepers across Belfast, so that they can provide a rapid response and help those most in need.Waterproof coats, fleece gloves, thermal underwear, hats and socks along with foil blankets are being given out as part of the PHA's Keep Warm Scheme in a bid to help protect people who are sleeping rough from the effects of cold weather.Colette Rogers, PHA Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager (Belfast) said: "The Public Health Agency was set up, in part, to tackle health inequalities and we know that rough sleepers are at higher risk of cold-related illnesses, compared to the general population."By working in partnership with members of the rough sleepers' forum, we can ensure an immediate response to the cold weather and reduce the impact it has on the city's most vulnerable people."Sinéad Devine, Principal Project Worker at The Salvation Army Centenary House added: "The Salvation Army is delighted to be part of this very practical scheme, helping some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Often the men arrive at our night shelter with only the clothes they are wearing, and have been very appreciative of these additional items to help protect them against the winter elements."There are a limited number of 'keep warm' items which will be distributed through outreach services across Belfast: Homeplus in the Botanic area of south Belfast; the Welcome Centre in the St Peter's area of west Belfast; Rosemount House in the Skegoneil area of north Belfast; and The Salvation Army Centenary House in central Belfast.





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Public Health Agency. (2011) PHA's Keep Warm Scheme helps Belfast's rough sleepers [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd April 2019].


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