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Help for rough sleepers in Bedford

Bedford Borough Council has taken further steps today to combat homelessness and bolster support services with the induction of 22 new recruits into its housing team. 

This initiative marks a significant step forward in the council’s ongoing efforts to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping and provide essential assistance to individuals and families. It’s going to speed up our efforts in housing and make sure we’re tackling these problems with a new team effort across the whole council.

Anna Robbani, Head of Housing, Homelessness and Customer Services, said: “I’m delighted to be joined today by 22 new recruits who share our passion for making a meaningful impact on the lives of Bedford Borough’s residents. These new roles range from caseworkers to specialists in social housing and private sector negotiation and show our dedication to delivering expert advice and support on homelessness-related issues. 

“I’m really pleased that as a Council we’ve been able to bring forward this important initiative, to provide a lifeline to residents experiencing challenges or issues with their housing needs, and to help them access vital support, expertise, funding or opportunities to improve things for them and their families.”

“Vitally the new recruits have just started a new comprehensive 6-week training programme delivered in-house and by specialists on housing law from the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Their training will include important subjects such as equality and diversity, supporting victims of domestic abuse and safeguarding from experts in both adults and children’s services.  Having already met with the Portfolio Holder and Director as part of their induction, our new recruits know the importance of the role they have in the Borough. This is just the start with further advanced training and mentoring from senior colleagues to follow.” 

For further insights into homelessness-related services and resources, residents are encouraged to visit

BedfordBID support the council by reporting rough sleepers. Where possible we provide information to help them to access resources for food kitchens and shelter such as The King’s Arms Project. IMPAKT is also an excellent source of help for those needing extra help and support with housing. If you wish to help refer someone sleeping rough, call 0300 500 0914 or got to Streetlink to connect them to vital support.

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