Statement regarding the Camberley All Night Cafe no longer operating at 270 London Road

Date: 

Thursday, 20 February, 2020
While Surrey Heath Borough Council has not been involved in the action taken by the Department Infrastructure Organisation via the Scouts, the Council’s Housing Solutions Team is available to assist those affected by homelessness and will do all we can to help current customers of the All Night Café.    
 
The Council will offer up to 28 days emergency accommodation to anyone with a local connection to Surrey Heath and help assess the needs of any individuals using the All Night Café in order to help them secure a home and settle into their local community.    
   
We would encourage people to contact us as soon as possible, as the more time we have to work with people the more options are likely to be available.   
 
Whilst the Council will support all those people with links to the Borough, we do recognise that we can’t help everyone. People without a local connection to the Surrey Heath area will be supported to reconnect with their originating borough, who will have a duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act to provide them with a service. More information is available here: www.surreyheath.gov.uk/residents/housing/housing-advice-support   
   
Support is also available from The Hope Hub, a charity which aims to prevent homelessness in Surrey Heath. Among the services offered by The Hope Hub is specialist 1:1 long term case worker support to address the often-complex needs of those who are affected by or at risk of homelessness with funding secured to provide a full-time specialist mental health worker in recognition of the specialist training which may be required.     
 
This runs alongside crisis services, including food, clothing, personal hygiene items and healthcare support, mental health and/or addiction support, help to secure accommodation, outreach, money management and debt advice, together with workshops and training to help secure employment. More: https://thehopehub.org.uk/  
 
As previously stated, SHBC is not in a position to endorse or support the Camberley All Night Café. We, in partnership with the Surrey Heath Partnership (which includes Surrey Police and Surrey County Council) have made every effort to work with the All Night Café to make sure it is being run to ensure the safety of those using its facilities and is legally compliant.  
 
The All Night Café is still an unregulated facility, which means we (as part of the Partnership) are unable to share information with them in relation to dangerous and vulnerable people who are using the facilities. This continues to present a serious risk to staff and clients at the café.   
 
The Partnership is aware of a sexual assault committed by a service user at the All Night Cafe in December 2019. An individual has pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court today (Thursday 20 February).