Safe Space is a service providing entrenched rough sleepers with a ‘safe space’ to get help and support in the day and to be temporarily accommodated overnight. DCM is working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office (OPPC), Public Health England, Derby Homes and East Midlands Ambulance Service to deliver this project.

Find out more about   Safe Space


To create the Safe Space facility will involve converting about 1/3 of the ground floor into a specialist self contained unit that will include:

  • Toilet and showers with disabled facilities
  • Medical room
  • Reception area, staff office and interview room
  • Kitchenette and refreshment area
  • Rest and recovery area
  • New enclosed entrance and disabled ramp
  • Entry control and security system


The overall building cost for converting this area for Safe Space is £155,000 which is being funded by:

  • £55,000 - Ministry of Housing, Local Government & Communities, via Derby Homes
  • £15,000 - Public Health England, via Derby City Council
  • £22,500 - Office of Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner
  • £62,500 - Derby City Mission, via our "Build a Hub" donations

Equipping Safe Space

As well as the building work we also need to equip the Safe Space with new equipment and furniture as this service will be an expansion from what we currently provide from Charnwood St.  If you would like to help in this please see our "Shopping List" page and pledge the funds for the specific items of equipment that we need to facilitate the various operations in the Hub.

The following series of photographs provide a diary of the development from having and "open space" to delivering a "Safe Space"

Initial Set Up

05 June 2020 - Equipping

This week the Safe Space staff team have spent time cleaning the area and have relocated all the equipment from Charnwood St to get the facility ready for guests.


29 May 2020 - Completion!

We are finally there.  All building work is now complete and ready for handover to the Safe Space team for cleaning and kitting prior to opening to receive guests.

22 May 2020 - Medical Room and Toilets

The work is definitely in the home straight.  Units and sink to equip the medical room have been delivered and installation has started.  The toilets have now been installed to complete that area and finishing repairs to plaster work and touching up painted areas are being done to complete the build.

15 May 2020 - Kitchen, Doors and Floors

Some of the last major work items have been completed.  Flooring has been laid in the showers & toilets as well as completed in the main rest area and offices.  The kitchen area has been fitted out and tiled.  The CCTV is operational and the doors and windows have been installed to create the new entrance lobby.

8 May 2020 - Flooring, Glass and Finish Touches

It feels like we are at the beginning of the end.  After levelling the floor in the main area work has started to lay the flooring in the main space and offices.  The internal windows have all been glazed, door furniture added and the wash basin area has been tiled and panelled. 

1 May 2020 - Final Woodwork, Painting & Security

There is light at the end of the tunnel.  The internal window frames are in place and painted ready for the glass to arrive.  The internal door security has been installed and CCTV cameras connections made.  The main area has been cleared ready for preparation work next week for the flooring. 

24 April 2020 - Hot Water, Security and Painting

The second shower has been fitted out and wash basins installed.  In the sluice room the hot water system has been installed which will also serve the public toilets and kitchen when they are fitted.  Architraves and skirtings are being fitted and painted which gives a more finished look.  The second fix for the security system has started with all the cameras being fitted both internally and externally.

17 April 2020 - Doors, Painting and Fitting Out

Painting of the walls is complete, internal doors have been fitted and stained.  Second fix of electrics in the toilet area is complete and the disabled shower equipment has been installed. Work has started to fit the architrave and skirting.

10 April 2020 - Plastering, Painting and Start of Fitting Out

Great progress has been made this week with different trades working in different parts of the building.  All new rooms boarded, plastered and in most initial painting of the walls and ceilings.  Fit out of the shower cubicle panelling has started and light fittings have been installed in the toilet and shower block.  A doorway has been cut to the smoking area and fencing installed.

3 April 2020 - Plastering continues

Plastering of the toilet and shower block is almost complete and boarding continues for the staff office and medical room

27 March 2020 - Plastering, More Walls & Disabled Ramp

After getting permission from the OPCC that Safe Space is an essential building project the team have pressed on and made great progress this week.  The remaining office spaces and medical room have been built and partially boarded, plastering of the shower and toilet block has started, kitchen fitting has started and the disabled ramp and smoking area flooring has been installed.

20 March 2020 - Plaster Boarding of Toilet Block & Gates Moved

The toilet and shower block has been boarded ready for plastering next week.  Foundations complete for disabled ramp and the security gates moved further along the drive.

13 March 2020 - First Fix Complete & Reconfigured Entrance

The first fix for the plumbing to the toilets, showers, kitchen and medical room is complete.  The extraction system is installed and all new cabling for the electrics and CCTV is in place.

6 March 2020 - Start of First Fix for toilets & Medical Room

This week has seen first fix for the plumbing of the toilet and shower block, start of extraction system installation, installing door frames & drain cleaning, plus lots of building materials being delivered.  Meetings held with contractors for windows, disabled ramp, electrics and security system.

A big thank you to Debbie at Howdens of Chester Green for the donation of a kitchen.

28 February 2020 - Toilet & Shower Framework