Have you noticed someone sleeping rough?
As the weather becomes colder anyone sleeping rough is more vulnerable.
here are some useful tips:
Practical help for rough sleepers
1. You can record a sighting of a rough sleeper on Streetlink, www.streetlink.org.co.uk, connecting rough sleepers to local services. Bear in mind a few rough sleepers may refuse help of this kind in favour of independence.
2. Outreach workers in East Suffolk - this are paid professionals whose job it is to assist these people. They can be reached on 01394 383789 during office hours or 01502 52132 after hours.
3. Anyone concerned about the welfare of people should contact the Council, either by calling 0333 016 2000 or emailing email@example.com. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, an out of hours contact number is available: 0800 4402516.
4. Woodbridge Salvation Army offer the use of a shower and collection of food parcels.
Wednesday 9.30am – 1.30pm, Thursday 9.30am – 1.30pm
Should we give money to people who are begging? We are advised not to do so because people who beg tend to use that money to fund substance abuse.
Should we offer food and drink? There are potential dangers to health if they stockpile warm food, so it is advisable to offer safer foods e.g. – a cheese sandwich and a hot drink.
Should we offer clothing or bedding e.g. duvets? These might become cash converters which could fuel substance abuse.
Details from Churches Together leaflet and East Suffolk Council website 2020