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Rough sleeping

Concerned about a rough sleeper? We have commissioned a service which aims to reduce rough sleeping and the problems associated with it.

Dorset Street Homeless Outreach Team (SHOT)

The SHOT team aims to reduce rough sleeping and the problems associated with rough sleeping.  We work across Dorset (excluding Bournemouth and Poole) providing services including street outreach to people who are street homeless to ensure that rough sleepers are:

  • provided with information, advice and support to access accommodation

  • able to access emergency accommodation in severe weather

  • re-connected to their own community if they do not have a local connection to Dorset

  • encouraged to access services and support for health and wellbeing

  • linked to services which can support their own and others' safety

Please note that people in housing need or homeless but not rough sleeping should be directed to local Housing Advice Services.

How to access the service

Rough sleepers can self-refer to SHOT by phone or by dropping in to our bases.  Other services may also make referrals, including sightings of rough sleepers.


EDP Bases open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4.30pm (answer phone out of hours)


  • Purbeck -  Swanage tel: 01929 422777

  • West Dorset - Bridport tel: 01308 427195

  • Weymouth and Portland - Weymouth tel: 01305 760799

  • East Dorset and Christchurch - Christchurch tel: 01202 482908

  • North Dorset - Blandford tel: 01258 450862 or Gillingham tel: 01747 82587

Members of the public who are concerned about a rough sleeper should contact Street link (24 hour national service) on: 0300 500 0914 or via the Street link website (opens in a new window).

If you have serious concerns about the personal safety of a rough sleeper or a member of the public, including out-of-hours, please contact the Police.

The SHOT service is provided by EDP drug and alcohol services (formerly known as the Exeter Drug Project). Find out more about EDP (opens in a new window)

Registered Charity Number - 0297370.  EDP is a Company Limited by Guarantee.  Registered in England & Wales.  Company Registration Number 2145656.  Registered Office: Suite 2.11, 2nd Floor, Renslade House, Bonhay Road, Exeter, EX4 3AY

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