No one should have to sleep rough in our city. There are always enough beds in our shelters and hostels to make sure this is the case.
However, reducing the number of rough sleepers is not as simple as just providing beds.
Each rough sleeper on our streets has their own individual story to tell. And as such, needs individual support to help them into accommodation.
Did you know that the average life expectancy of a rough sleeper is just 47? That’s a good 30 years less than the national average and this is why our ultimate aim is to support those sleeping rough in getting off the streets for good.
Back in the autumn we teamed up with partners to help to launch the Safer Off The Streets campaign, aimed at ending rough sleepers in the city once and for all.
The scheme features a number of initiatives which are already making a positive difference.
These include a new contactless card window outside the Argo Lounge in St Peter’s Arcade, allowing people to make instant secure £3 donations.
In just over two months, £2,345 has been pledged to the partnership and many rough sleepers have been supported in getting off the streets for good, which is a fantastic start!
If you haven’t already made a donation, please visit the contactless card window at Argo Lounge or visit the donations page on the Safer Off The Streets website.