Homeless people in St Albans are being equipped with bottled water, sun lotion and after sun to help them cope during the heatwave.

During recent weeks, staff at Hightown’s Open Door nightshelter have offered extra safety support to all service users staying in the shelter, visiting the drop-in service or engaging with outreach workers. Service users are often outdoors during the warmest hours, so staff are signposting individuals to sheltered spaces out of direct sunlight.

A pictorial leaflet is also being produced to advise homeless people on how to stay safe in extreme heat.

Extremes of weather present many challenges for people who are homeless or rough sleeping. With temperatures predicted to exceed 30°C this weekend, Hightown is asking St Albans residents to refer any rough sleepers who appear to be at risk to the Open Door nightshelter to receive advice and support.

Donations of water, sun lotion, after sun, umbrellas or hats are also much appreciated while the hot weather persists.