Pop-up hub in St Leonards helps the town’s vulnerable

A pop-up hub set up in St Leonards helped almost 60 vulnerable people.

Sussex Police, Hastings Borough Council and other organisations including the national homelessness charity St Mungos Broadway came together for the new initiative to link members of the street community with local services.

The pop-up hub operated at the WRVS in South Street for three days earlier in July and 58 people came along and were provided with help, especially about drug, alcohol and mental health services or advice on accommodation. As a result 20 were found temporary accommodation.

Those referred included rough sleepers, street drinkers, people with drug abuse problems and some who have resorted to begging.

Inspector Chris Veale, from Hastings Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The pop-up hub was a fantastic event and all key partners engaged with a significant number of our street community offering support, pathways to lifestyle changes and tangible action plans for the future. I would like to give thanks to all who have supported this key initiative and special thanks must go to the volunteers who assisted.”