Will There be Homeless People Freezing Tonight on the Streets of Broxtowe?
Nathalie Morelle writes: I thought it would be important to relay the following campaign on Stapleford Community Group (even though I don’t know if there are any people sleeping rough in Stapleford itself). Below is a national appeal launched by the organisation 38Degree. Please consider acting!
Tonight, people without a home may need to sleep out in the freezing cold, desperately trying to keep warm on the street. It’ll be below zero – and that might mean not waking up in the morning. 
When it gets this cold, local councils are meant to activate an emergency plan to find people sleeping rough and get them into the warm.  Some councils are moving fast to save lives. But others may be dragging their heels instead of working quickly to find the people in danger.
Could you send a quick email to your local councillors to ask what they’re doing to help get people off the streets tonight?
It’s incredibly easy to email your councillors using the 38 Degrees website. Click to get started: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/cold-emergency
If your local councillors aren’t doing much, lots of emails from 38 Degrees members asking about the emergency plan could be just the kick they need.
As the snow falls, the best councils have staff on the phone getting different departments to work together. They’re using camp beds and community centres to help people with nowhere to go keep out of the deadly cold. 
If lots of us send e-mails today, we can show our councillors we want them to act fast, and let them know it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to save lives.
We’ll find your local councillors from your postcode, and there’s a template e-mail you can use if you’re not sure what to say. It only takes 2 mins and it could make all the difference in your local area: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/cold-emergency
Together, 38 Degrees members use people power to change things for the better. Whether it’s banding together to protect the NHS we love or standing up to the power and greed of Rupert Murdoch, we change things in the real world by signing petitions, sending e-mails and meeting up in our local communities.
Right now, we have a chance to use people power to get people off the freezing, dark streets tonight. Can you send a quick e-mail? https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/cold-emergency
Thanks for all the good that you do,
Marie, Hannah, Belinda and the 38 Degrees team
PS: If you’re worried about someone you’ve noticed sleeping rough in this icy cold weather, you can make sure they get help by telling Streetlink, the new national helpline and website: http://www.streetlink.org.uk/tell-us-about-a-rough-sleeper NOTES  Crisis: http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/rough-sleeping.html  Crisis: “Crisis calls on all councils to protect rough sleepers from ‘deadly’ cold” http://www.crisis.org.uk/news.php/582/crisis-calls-on-all-councils-to-protect-rough-sleepers-from-lsquodeadlyrsquo-cold  National charity Homeless Link provides this guidance for councils: “Good practice note – Severe Weather Emergency Protocols: Making arrangements to prevent rough sleeper deaths during extreme cold weather” http://www.homeless.org.uk/sites/default/files/SWEP%20good%20practice%20note%202010_0.pdf Liverpool Echo: Help for rough sleepers in snowy conditions in Liverpool http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2013/01/19/help-for-rough-sleepers-in-snowy-conditions-in-liverpool-100252-32633499/