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Street Link are funded by the Government as part of its commitment to end rough sleeping. Their aim is to offer the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and provide the first step someone can take to ensure people sleeping rough are connected to the local services and support available to them.

An update from the Chief Executive

First and foremost, I hope this email finds you safe and well. Life at Purfleet, like life in general for all of us, has not been the same since lockdown. As we all know, the situation with COVID-19 has been dynamic and that means the way we work has had to be too. We’ve all – Read the full article…


Whilst we still can’t take volunteers back at the moment in our centre we are hoping that we will soon be able to safely open the doors for people to come and help us with sorting donations and reconfiguring our centre for when we can welcome clients back in again. If you are interested in either sorting donations or are a bit of a handyperson and would like to help when the time comes please register your interest by emailing – In the meantime, although we can’t take any more clothes or goods donations at present, we are still very happy to accept food and toiletries. Or maybe you’d like to bake some cookies, or a tray of lasagne or perhaps write a card and we can deliver to brighten someone’s day.

Case Studies

Case Study 1

I am a UK citizen of 53 years. I have owned my own houses, and never had any money worries. That was up until Aug 2012, after a relationship went badly wrong, I then found myself in the back of my car nowhere to live, no sense of belonging anywhere and very limited money for clothes/food.

Case Study 2

Ken has been rough sleeping for several years and he was accessing the Pathways Centre on a regular basis. The Pathway Centre was a secure place for him to stay during the daytime where he could express his concerns and worries. He was also given a shower, food and a hot drink as some new clothes.

Case Study 3

Due to suffering years of emotional abuse and domestic violence from my ex partner I finally decided I could not be put through this anymore as this was now affecting my child. I rang Woman’s Aid and they gave me an address of a refuge in Swaffham so packed and few things and drove there.