MALVERN will receive a share of government cash to support homelessness services.

The government announced a £3.2 million emergency support fund for rough sleepers during the coronavirus outbreak, with Malvern Hills District set to receive its share.

Councillor Samantha Charles helped arrange the opening of the Maggs Day Centre in the town last month, and said this is vital to help support rough sleepers, many of whom have existing medical conditions.

She said: "We know that 60-70 per cent of rough sleepers suffer from a respiratory condition and are at increased risk from Coronavirus.

"It is essential that they are supported to be housed and able to safely self isolate where necessary, while receiving the care they need.

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If you are sleeping rough, at risk of becoming homeless or you live in unsuitable housing they can help."

Anyone who is homeless or worried about becoming homeless can self refer via Housing Jigsaw at

Once registered, a housing triage officer will be in touch to discuss the situation.

Maggs Day Centre in Malvern, at the Salvation Army Hall in Newtown Road, is still open.

The centre is oipen from Tuesday to Friday, 8am until 1pm.

Due to coronavirus, it is currently open to rough sleepers only and can make referrals as well as providing hot meals and drinks, showering and laundry facilities to help prevent illness.

Maggs was opened in Malvern thanks to the work of Malvern Against Homelessness and Malvern Cares .