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Day & Outreach Team
The Day & Outreach Team is often the first point of contact for people who may be sleeping rough or living in unsuitable accommodation, such as squats, etc. The team actively seeks out people in such circumstances and offers support, advice, referrals to appropriate services and advocacy where necessary.
The Outreach Team accompanies the Soup Run teams most evening connecting with people who may be at risk of homelessnesss. The Outreach Team is funded by Cork Local Drugs Task Force and works closely with other homeless services in Cork.
The Day Service on Anderson’s Quay houses a specialised health team funded by the Government. The team of doctors and nurses provides the most appropriate health care for people who are homeless. The Day Service manages access to the health team.
The Day Service also offers a Rough Sleeper Service. Whilst there are currently enough beds in Cork so that no one has to sleep rough, people do occasionally end up sleeping on the streets. As soon as the Outreach Team or Soup Run becomes aware of anyone sleeping rough, they are referred immediately to the Day Service. The Rough Sleeper Service offers breakfast, shower, laundry, access to the health team and advice and referrals to appropriate homeless services.
The Day Service also houses the Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Project, which offers individually tailored responses to young people (18-26 years) who are marginalised and isolated. The Project is supported by Cork VEC and works closely with other service providers in Cork. The Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Project operates on a one-to-one basis, offering support, advice and information to young people who are homeless and using, or at risk of using, drugs.