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.
Public, health, housing and charity executives have been meeting at the New York Stadium in Rotherham to discuss and tackle the widespread issue of homelessness. The regional summit on homelessness was led by Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Tony Stacey, chief executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association.
An exhibition highlighting grass roots campaigns on housing and homelessness is on display at Union Street co-working space. The week long exhibition, led by Dr Sam Burgum, explores the links between poverty, inequality and housing and looks at how squatting, trespass and direct action campaigns have contributed to awareness and action. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A shipping container has been on display in Sheffield city centre, demonstrating to the public what an affordable home of the future might look like. Fitted out with a compact design including a bed, toilet, kitchen and seating area, container homes are offered as a way to reduce homelessness and improve access to low cost housing. Sheffield Live! reporters Azz Mohammed spoke to Stacy Reed, managing director of My Containers.
Sheffield is set to receive over £400,000 to help tackle homelessness in the city. The government cash is aimed at bringing an end to people sleeping rough on the streets by the year 2027. 52 year old Nigel Jones, has been homeless for over two years. He spoke to Sheffield Live! on his hopes the cash will help him find accommodation. Baillor Jalloh reports.
With government promising £100m new investment to tackle homelessness, Sheffield Live! spoke to one rough sleeper about the barriers to finding work and accommodation. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Tent City founder Anthony Cunningham told Sheffield Live! that competition among service providers is reducing the impact of public spending on homelessness. Azz Mohammed reports.
A terminally ill man suffering from brain cancer has been out on Sheffield streets dressed-up as his favourite childhood super hero Bananaman, aiming to use his time to cheer up others. Ford Mitchell has been told he may have only a few years to live and has been visiting sick children at Weston Park Hospital and talking to the homeless and those in need. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s vintage clothing store, Syd and Mallory’s on Devonshire Street, are giving away free clothes to help keep the homeless warm in the difficult winter conditions. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!