Issue 14 January 2019

Matters

How to help the homeless this winter

StreetlinkHomelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. We can provide homeless people with food or warm clothing, which will help in the short-term but most rough sleepers have complex needs and if we want to end homelessness in the UK then they require professional support in order to break the cycle.

The Council works in partnership with Turning Tides to support residents who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping in Mid Sussex. Turning Tides provide an outreach service in the District to support rough sleepers engaging with services, exploring their options and moving on from rough sleeping. The needs and options for each rough sleeper are individual and complicated in many cases. It can be very difficult to support those who are entrenched in their rough sleeping to move forward and Turning Tides are experienced in providing support to this complex group.

If you become aware of someone rough sleeping in Mid Sussex or outside of the district you can alert the relevant support services by completing a Streetlink referral at www.streetlink.org.uk. Streetlink is a national service where you can complete a short form, giving basic location and description information. The relevant local authority or support service will then be notified and contact made with the rough sleeper. Although, sadly not all rough sleepers want to engage with services or move on from this lifestyle.

If you would like to help those who are sleeping rough or at risk of rough sleeping in Mid Sussex then you can donate to Turning Tides at www.turning-tides.org.uk or donations of food can be made to foodbanks in Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill or East Grinstead.

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