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DENS Emergency Accommodation - The Elms

Run by DENS in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, The Elms is a temporary, 44-bed emergency accommodation facility for homeless individuals.

Covering 5 floors, the building provides a number of important features, including:

  • 3 floors of bedroom accommodation – each room contains a shower and toilet with self-service laundry facilities. Dogs can also be accommodated.
  • Terrace retreat and garden – during the summer months, we run gardening sessions, including growing food in the allotment.
  • Kitchen – meals are provided by a catering company. Much of the food that is cooked at The Elms was kindly donated to our Foodbank.
  • Storage and office accommodation
  • Interview rooms
  • Medical room
  • Communal area

Those who take up residence at the facility have the opportunity to work with a reliable key worker where together, they can create an action plan for the person in need, calling in other agencies if necessary. We have contacts who specialise in issues such as mental health, substance misuse and relationships. Volunteers are also on hand to provide fun activities and a listening ear. Thanks to our work at The Elms, we have also seen a huge number of residents improve their confidence and self-esteem through basic life and employment skill building sessions.

Accessing The Elms

Referrals to the Elms are arranged through DENS Day Centre, Dacorum Borough Council or other local organisations. You can contact the Day Centre on 01442 275900.

For more information, contact The Elms on 01442 800131 or receptiontheelms@dens.org.uk

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