Drone gets help to rural rough sleepers

Innovative outreach team scans aerial footage to direct support workers on the ground.

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An outreach team is using a drone to help support worker seek rough sleepers in remote and coastal locations on its patch.

Live high-definition footage from the drone is assessed by members of P3’s Lincolnshire Street Outreach Team who direct colleagues to the sleeper by the quickest and safest route.

P3 Service Coordinator Andy Lee explains how the use of this assistive technology will lead to more positive outcomes for people sleeping rough in the county.

““Often when we receive information from the public letting us know about someone sleeping rough the location is vague, for example ‘in the sand dunes along the North Shore’ or ‘down the public footpath and across the field’ and of course sometimes the person has also moved on from this location,” saidP3 Service Coordinator Andy Lee.

“Because the drone will help us to search vast areas within a relatively short period of time, we will be able to locate people much faster, assess the easiest and safest route to access their location and guide our support workers remotely to them.

“This technology has the potential to transform our working practice by giving us back the hours we would spend searching for someone to invest in directly improving lives,” he said.

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