This desperately sad photo shows the reality faced for rough sleepers on our streets across Wales.
After snow hit large swathes of the country on Sunday, temperatures dropped to nearly -10°C in parts of Wales.
But this photo, taken at a bus stop in Wildmill, Bridgend on Monday morning shows a rough sleeper laying underneath a dark blanket trying to keep warm in the freezing weather.
Julian Nott was passing by when he noticed the woman on the floor, before checking she was ok and giving her some food.
He said: “When I passed I saw the lady there so went back and told my wife Nicola who owns Notty’s Cafe in Aberkenfig.
“She then gave me a hot breakfast baguette, coffee, cold baguette, water and crisps for me to take back to the lady, I had a quick chat to make sure she was ok and told her what food we had for her.
“That morning it was -5 at 7am so I would hate to think what the temperature was through the night.”
In November last year we reported how Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) provided shelter for more than 700 homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic by housing them temporarily in local hotels and bed and breakfasts.
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BCBC gave 721 people (from 540 households) temporary accommodation between March and October 2020.
Talking about the picture, the council said that support was in place for homeless people.
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A Bridgend County Borough Council spokesman said: “A huge range of help and support is in place to ensure homeless people have a warm, safe place to sleep and help with any other issues they may be experiencing.
“However, while this is largely successful in the majority of cases, unfortunately not everyone chooses to accept the support available for a wide range of complex reasons and placements can break down.
“We are aware there are currently two people who regularly sleep rough in the county borough and together, with our partners, we’re coninuing to work with them to provide support and help get them into accommodation on a longer-term basis.”
The council has urged anyone concerned about someone they’ve seen sleeping rough to get in touch.
“Anyone concerned about someone they’ve seen sleeping rough can use the StreetLink app or website – www.streetlink.org.uk to send an alert. The details provided are sent to the local authority or outreach support who will look to find the individual and connect them to support.
“If you’re homeless or at risk of homelessness please contact us by calling 01656 643643 or getting in touch via our website www.bridgend.gov.uk,” the spokesman added.
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Talking about homelessness across Wales, Ruth Power, CEO of Shelter Cymru said that it’s “horrific” that people are sleeping rough in these weather conditions.
She said: “It is horrific that across Wales we are seeing people being forced to sleep rough in the snow because there aren’t enough suitable places for them to stay.
“The Welsh Government, councils and partners have worked incredibly hard for the last year to bring many indoors and keep them safe from Covid – but the fact that people are sleeping outside during such harsh weather shows how critical things have become.
“In our casework across Wales we are finding that the people who are being most failed by the system are those with the most complex needs who need support from a range of services.
“Beyond the people who are at the sharp end of homelessness, there are many others across Wales who are homeless and hidden from public sight because they are sleeping on people’s sofas or stuck in very poor quality housing.
“Shelter Cymru is here to help anyone in housing need and we urge people to contact us.”
You can contact Shelter Cymru on their free helpline number on 08000 495 495.
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