Swansea's homeless services preparing for busy winter period
AS the cold winter months begin to bite, Swansea's vital homeless services are doing their bit to protect the most vulnerable.
Workers with homeless charity The Wallich are preparing for another busy period — ensuring those on the streets are given as much assistance and care as possible.
The charity holds a daily breakfast run, where volunteers go out onto the streets and check on those sleeping rough.
They are then invited to visit Zac's Place Gospel Hall in George Street for a cup of tea and some food — and access medical treatment for any ailments they have.
Worker Sarah Jones, said: "The breakfast run begins at 7am and we do a circuit of the homeless hotspots in the city, places like the side roads off Wind Street, Castle and Square behind the shops on the Kingsway.
"We go round and make sure they are okay.
"On Tuesday, for example, we saw 11 people.
"When we see them we advise them to come to Zac's Place, so they can have a chat and some food.
"We open at 8am and have people like the mental health nurse, the doctor, people from the Big Issue.
"The long term homeless face problems with mental health and not getting sleep. These people are often the hardest to reach. Their physical health is affected, things like substance misuse. If you drink you can sleep, it is used as a way of escaping it."
Mental health nurse Pat Dwan, who works out of the High Street Surgery, added: "There is a large homeless wheel and every agency is a cog in that wheel. All agencies have a major part to play," he said.
"A lot of what we see is mental health related, some serious and some not so, due to their chaotic lifestyles.
"It is trying to get them to engage with all the services which are available here."
If you see anyone sleeping on the streets of Swansea, you can contact the city's homeless helpline on 07824 991 448.