The Help Us Help campaign to tackle begging and support the homeless has been launched this week backed by local businesses and support organisations. More than 20 local businesses, including John Lewis, Virgin Money and McDonalds, have joined the campaign to help vulnerable people on the street with advice to the public and a call for donations of clothing and other goods. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Tracey Ford of Sheffield Council’s Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team.
There are more than 5,000 people homeless in Yorkshire, an increase of 600 since 2017, according to a new report by the homelessness charity Shelter. Sheffield councillor Jim Steinke, cabinet member for neighbourhood and community safety, told Sheffield Live! there has been an increase in homelessness in Sheffield but the Council is doing more to tackle the problem. Nationally, according to Shelter, 32,000 people are living in temporary accommodation or sleeping rough.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on Eyre street have announced their doors are opened to rough sleepers and those at risk of being on the street as cold winter weather returns this weekend. The city centre headquarters has been converted into a place to sleep since Friday and will remain so for the rest of the weekend. British Red Cross volunteers will be on hand to welcome people and provide hot drinks and snacks, with Framework’s Street Outreach Team and Sheffield City Council’s Housing Solutions service also present to help people access accommodation and support. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The pioneering Sheffield Foyer hostel for homeless young people is celebrating its twentieth anniversary since its opening in 1997 as one of the first foyer projects in South Yorkshire. The Sheffield Foyer at Ironmonger House is a 60-bed hostel offering supported accommodation, training and guidance to young homeless people aged 16-25 and enabling residents to move on to their own tenancy and find employment. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
A new telephone hotline and text messaging service has been launched to help provide support to people sleeping rough in Sheffield. The freephone number is part of a new Street Outreach Service provided by homelessness charity and housing association Framework and backed by Sheffield Council to provide support to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake earlier spoke with Sam Lloyd of Framework.
People can call on 0800 066 5358 or Text SOTS to 80800 (followed by a message). Reports can also be made to www.streetlink.org.uk
Samuel Bennett, who fell into homelessness through alcoholism, has designed the Meet4acoffee app to support addicts in recovery. Bennett designed the app, which is free to use, following his experience of recovering from addiction and homelessness. The app has been designed so that charities, health organisations and support groups can also use it to create private circles, where they can post events, meetings and photos for those connected to the world of recovery. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
More information can be found via the website www.meet4acoffee.com
Tent City organiser, Anthony Cunningham, told Sheffield Live! services for the homeless have improved since the closure of the Tent City camp at Park Hill flats. The Tent City campaign put the focus on support for rough sleepers by providing a temporary camp with food, water and amenities. Now the organisers are launching a sunday morning breakfast club for the homeless and have welcomed the cooperation and support of Sheffield Council. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Anthony Cunningham and Christopher Thompson.
The Archer Project is asking supporters to get involved in food parcel sorting and meals service alongside their annual sleep-out for the homeless. The number of rough sleepers in the UK is on the rise for the sixth successive year with official figures showing over 4000 people sleeping out in 2016, more than double the numbers of 2010. As part of their annual fundraising sleep-out, Sheffield charity the Cathedral Archer Project are inviting volunteers to help out with food parcels, breakfast and lunch for the homeless. Sheffield Live! reporter Sham Powell spoke to Tracy Vines, marketing and development manager.
A group of homeless people living in tents near Park Hill flats have been evicted by Sheffield Council after organisers were told to clear the site. The informal camping site for the homeless started in October last year and became known as Tent City. The site was closed down a few weeks later by organisers after the local authority stepped in to offer support for the homeless occupants. After tents reappeared in December the Council told organisers to clear the site or face a £2,000 fine. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Tent City organiser and homelessness campaigner Anthony Cunningham.
Three young student entrepreneurs from Sheffield Hallam University have launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund the rehabilitation of a homeless man. Their aim is to raise £3,000 to provide three months accommodation, clothing, personal and employment support. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to James Radford and Jordan Smith.