Homelessness in Bedford
In 2018 we discovered that Bedford has the 8th highest number of rough sleepers in the whole of England (per population size); for a small town this is a big problem. However, Bedford is also the most generous town in the whole of the UK. As a town we’re blessed with having a number of excellent services for the homeless who are moved with compassion to support those struggling with poverty and homelessness.
A Resource for the Public and Professionals
The issue of homelessness is often hidden, and when someone encounters it they don’t always know who to turn to for help. The vision of the Bedford Homeless Database is to provide a free resource for members of the public and professionals alike, to be able to find the excellent services and passionate people who can help the homeless in Bedford in times of crisis. We have also produced Information Sheets here.
This website is provided by the Bedford Homeless Partnership. Membership is open to all groups and organisations who are involved in service delivery with, or are passionate about homeless people in Bedford, and individuals with direct experience of homelessness. We don’t believe that one organisation has all of the answers, or that there should be a one-size-fits-all approach to homeless support. We recognise that the issues that cause someone to become homeless are complex and we believe that as different charities and groups unite together we’ll be getting closer to our aim of ending homelessness in Bedford.
Applications are now invited for grants of up to £250 for the money raised from SoupFest 2017 – please see this page for more details
Best Practice Guide
We have now adopted a “Best Practice Guide” for volunteer groups & street kitchens. Please click on the document below to view. These are guidelines for any group or organisation working with the homeless in Bedford.
We’re passionate about keeping this database as relevant and current as possible. If you see any incorrect information, or a service you know about that isn’t listed here, please get in touch so that we can accurately highlight all of the amazing work that’s happening across Bedford.