Cold Weather Provision

The Cold Weather Provision (CWP) offers a safe place for those who are rough sleeping to access shelter and support during the winter months.

The CWP is a service operated by a partnership between Cornwall Council and Harbour Housing that provides accommodation, intervention and support to individuals who would otherwise be homeless during the winter months.

In the 2022/23, the CWP is being operated in Nanpean and provides six single rooms and two twin rooms, accommodating 10 people in total. There are shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, although rooms also have showers, fridges and microwaves. The project has CCTV and will also be staffed 24/7.

At our CWP, we provide a vital intervention and support service for vulnerable adults that for whatever reason are face the coldest months of the year on the street.

Such interventions we offer include assistance to help those staying at the CWP access benefits and specialist support, whether provided in-house,  by the Cornwall Council Rough Sleeper Team or by signposting to one of our partner agencies.

Other assistance includes help to transition from the CWP into secure accommodation, whether that’s supported accommodation or by bidding for properties on Cornwall Homechoice.

Life at the Cold Weather Provision is more than just putting a roof over the head of our residents. We believe that it is a space where they can engage in different activities, whether that’s an activity to enjoy with those who they share the provision with or getting involved with volunteering.

All referrals to the Cold Weather Provision are to be made through the Rough Sleeper Access Service by contacting either:

Cold Weather Provision

What the Residents Say


“It’s brilliant, it’s better than being out there on the floor. I wouldn’t have made it through the winter if it weren’t for them. They’re all brilliant, trying to find spaces to get us off the streets.”

“They’re always happy to chat, even the security.”

“The staff speak to you like normal people. You feel like you get pushed out sometimes, people to people post to post. They listen, not just trying to tick a box. Especially down here it’s not always the case.”


“I’ve been here four to six weeks – I was homeless in West Cornwall before that. I was married and that went wrong but drugs and that made me homeless.” 

“Before coming here I’d taken drugs most of my life but since being here I’ve been clean. Here, They help you, here. Now I’ve got a roof over my head, drug support, medication, mental health help.” 

“The Cold Weather Provision is brilliant. My support worker sorted the flat I’m about to move to out, said I needed a chance. I’ve been kicked out just about everywhere, but I’ve behaved while I’ve been here.”