OXFORD City Council is set to provide additional services for rough sleepers with temperatures set to rocket.

Homeless people can access the Porch Day Centre, Gatehouse and Homeless Oxfordshire for food, shade and showers. Donations can also be made by the public, with water, sunscreen, hats and sunglasses appreciated.

Saturday is expected to see temperatures peak at 30 degrees, according to the Met Office.

The city council-funded services include day services at O’Hanlon House hostel in Luther Street from 10am to 3pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on weekends. It provides shower and laundry facilities, and two meals a day. These are available to anyone sleeping rough who has been verified by OxSPOT. Users of day services can also access services provided to hostel residents, including training, education and activities.

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The Porch Day Centre in Magdalen Road provides day long support for homeless and vulnerably housed people six days a week. Its services include two cheap hot meals a day, shower and laundry facilities, clothing, and a range of activities including ICT training and allotment work.

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The Gatehouse is at 10 Woodstock Road, and provides a drop-in café for homeless and vulnerably housed people six days a week. It also offers free internet access, a clothes store and art, literacy and computer activities groups.

The council stresses that the best way to help people experiencing homelessness 'is to get them to come inside to access services'.

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Councillor Linda Smith, deputy leader and cabinet member for leisure and housing, said: “While many of us welcome the fact that the sun is finally out, people sleeping rough are especially vulnerable to hot weather. The best way to help people experiencing homelessness is to get them to come inside where support services can engage with them to help them off the streets.

Homeless people are thought to be particularly at risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and sunburn."

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The public are asked to report concerns about rough sleepers to Oxford Street Population Outreach Team (OxSPOT), who are also providing water during their rounds.

To give details about a rough sleeper, including their location, call OxSPOT during office hours on 01865 243229 or email Outreach.Oxford@mungos.org.

You can also report someone sleeping rough through streetlink.org.uk or by calling 0300 500 0914.