We officially open when the Met Office Weather Forecast predicts three nights where the temperatures are 0 degrees C or below. We are open from 8pm to 8am.
The weather forecast we have to use is the Met Office Temperature Range for Wakefield. You need to click on the ‘Min Temp Range’ tab, and if it shows 0 degrees C or below for today and the next 2 days in the yellow/green box, in the middle, then we should be open.
Once we are officially ‘triggered’ we are then open for 3 days even if the forecast changes to be warmer before the 3 days are up.
Once the 3 days are up we then decide day by day – if the forecast in the morning is for 0 degrees C or below, then we are open again.
We have an information sheet for local agencies that explains all this – see below for the link to the download – and also a poster that can be displayed in any public space where it might be useful for rough sleepers.
The forecast is constantly changing through the day, but we don’t have the resources to keep checking. We make a decision based on one check usually between 6-8am each morning. Once a decision to open is made, we need to inform lots of people that we will be open in order to give plenty of notice. (BBC and other weather services sometimes give different predictions. Our contract requires that we use the Met Office.)
Sometimes we open whether we are triggered or not, for example on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. We may also open at other times. We are debating whether to open on regular days each week, or when the wind chill makes it feel like sub-zero. If we get enough volunteers we will do this. Watch out for updates.
|Night Shelter Poster
Information For Partner Agencies
If you have any queries please contact Mandy Sherrard, the Night Shelter Coordinator.