Homelessness - Get informed and support local charities

During this crisis, local homelessness charities are doing all they can to continue supporting vulnerable people in the city. We know this is a difficult time for everyone, so on behalf of the charities, thank you for anything that you can do. Whether it's informing yourself about the issue; learning about a local organisation, what they do and who they support; or donating to one of the good causes. Your time and generosity is really appreciated.

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Our All In - Supporting Sheffield's Homeless event brought together different Sheffield Students’ Union groups to demonstrate that we are committed to supporting Sheffield’s homeless. The event included lockdown video submissions from our student groups and some important updates from Help Us Help, Roundabout, Cathedral Archer Project, Ben’s Centre, St Wilfrid's Centre and The Sunday Centre. If you would like to support these local charities then please donate via this Virgin Money Giving page: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/allinsupportingsheffieldshomeless

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Help Us Help have been working with many partner charities in the city, to maximise their positive impact for the homeless and vulnerable in our city. Check out the fantastic Sheffield Covid-19 Multiagency Response to the Covid-19 crisis on the Help Us Help Facebook page or this statement on their website. Get informed and do what you can. #SheffieldIsSuper 

This article from the Sheffield City Council News Room (20/04/2020) provides an overview.

#ShefVolStories - A Big Thank You! to some of our Univeristy of Sheffield students who have been volunteering with Help Us Help and the "Meals on Wheels" service, at the Cathedral Archer Project. Read their experiences on our Sheffield Volunteering blog: Rebecca, Sam, Julia 

Help Us Help Facebook Post (21/05/20): "As a result of kind donations, we have been able to get over 1500 (items) out to individuals, via hostels, hotels, and other individuals identified by services. We still have loads of DVD's, but we are short on the following items...

- TV's, DVD players (we recognize these are high-value items)
- Toiletries
- LEGO (this is really popular)

If you can help and safely donate items to give to vulnerable people in Sheffield, please send Help Us Help a message on Facebook here. Thank you very much."

Donation drop off point is temporarily being operated from Bens Centre, who are open to receive donations from Monday – Friday 11am-1pm. 

benscentre@hotmail.co.uk  or call 0114 279 9961 or 0777 189 7086  (all messages will be responded to)

Note: they have introduced social distancing measures outside the project that allow people to drop off donations safely.

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Cathedral Archer Project are open and have rearranged the project to ensure social distancing measures. They are currently prioritising people who are rough sleeping or who have no income. Fundraising events have been cancelled/ postponed meaning income has dramatically reduced, so if you are able donate financially online, please give what you can to the Homeless Covid-19 Emergency Appeal. As well as the financial campaign, Cathedral Archer Project are desperately in need of bread, bacon, sausages, eggs for breakfast so if you know any food outlets, hotels, companies that have food to donate, please let the team know on Facebook or Twitter

There was recently a fire at the Cathedral Archer Project (14/05/20) which damaged the kitchen and affected the "Meals on Wheels" service for homeless and vulnerable people. Luckily the damage was contained and thankfully an amazing group of volunteers pulled together to ensure that no-one is left without a meal. Watch the update from the CEO on the Facebook page here You can donate to support their appeal here

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Printed By us are a local social enterprise printing beautiful artwork & clothes to sell. They teach screen printing to people in recovery from challenging circumstances in Sheffield, who want to learn new skills and move forward towards employment. All profits from the sales of the items goes back into the enterprise enabling facilitation of more printing workshops and the support of more vulnerable people. They are still open and screen printing, so if you want something a little different for your wall or you're looking for a present then check out the online shopRead their latest blog here and their Twitter here

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Roundabout are continuing to support young people at risk of homelessness in their residential projects. Read their full statement here. The fundraising and events programme has been affected, so they are developing virtual fundraisers and welcoming donations to keep their services going. If you're a Co-op member, you can choose to support Roundabout so they receive 1% of the money you spend in store. You can volunteer with Roundabout as a Fundraising Researcher or Graphic Design/ Marketing Volunteer

Visit Roundabout's  Co-op profile. Keep updated on Facebook or Twitter

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Depaul help young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, and currently risk setbacks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They are looking for volunteer mentors, who can offer support and companionship over the phone to the young people they work with. Help your community to ride out this crisis - find out more here or apply on our website here

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Big Issue North vendors have resumed selling on the streets of the north as non-essential businesses reopen across the UK (as of 15th June). There are a number of measures to protect vendors and customers, as safety is number 1 priority. Vendors will be provided with hand sanitiser and PPE, including a visor, face mask and gloves. Only contactless payments (no cash) will be accepted. Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter

If your local vendor is not selling, you can still support in other ways:

1. Donate to our hardship fund by texting HARDSHIP to 70970 to give £5, or clicking here to give as much or as little as you can afford: socsi.in/Jc5ot
2. Buy a digital issue for £2: socsi.in/5w2jo
3. Subscribe or buy back issues: socsi.in/sLmR7?

Now that our vendors are returning to work, they need PPE, including reusable face masks.? If you can sew and are able to provide some washable face masks for our vendors to allow them to return to earning a living, please email fundraising@bigissueinthenorth.com or get in touch via Facebook

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St Wilfrid’s Centre is being staffed for essential welfare services two hours a day, to provide an emergency welfare service to rough sleepers, those in crisis and many people who are struggling to cope during this difficult time. They provide advice, food/drinks parcels, clothes, shoes, sleeping bags etc to take away. Urgent request for food: tinned meats, fish, potatoes, soups and dried pasta. If you can donate, please do give generously, but do not go shopping especially. You can drop donations off at the Centre (524 Queens Road) Monday to Friday, 1pm and 3pm. Just ring the bell or phone 0114 2555720 and leave them on the doorstep. Thank you. Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter

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Ben's Centre have been forced to close their doors due low numbers of staff, however they are continuing to do telephone welfare checks with their service users. They are currently working with Help Us Help and other day centres and services across Sheffield to provide food and basic services to vulnerable clients. Read more information about Help Us Help above and get in touch with Ben's Centre on Facebook 

Ben's Centre need a bigger premises to do what we do post Covid! You can support them by donating to their 'Plant a seed for Ben's Centre' campaign, and spreading the word! See more on the appeal page here

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The Sunday Centre usually offers a friendly ear and a free hot meal to the vulnerable and lonely people of Sheffield every Sunday afternoon, and many students volunteer with them. Currently, the regular get together unfortunately cannot happen, but the team of volunteers are in partnership with Help Us Help and the "Meals on Wheels" service, supporting the most vulnerable people in Sheffield (read more information above). Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter

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Accommodation has been offered to all homeless people
Following the recent government announcement requesting all homeless people are provided suitable accommodation away from the streets, Sheffield City Council has responded with an offer of a safe place for all rough sleepers with a hotel room in the city. The offer of accommodation will include individual sleeping arrangements as well as self-contained bathing facilities. Meals will also be provided directly to each person.

08/07/20 As lockdown eases, hotels are no longer available for homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield. The UK Treasury has announced a £85millin budget to support rough sleepers (Guardian article 24/06/20) See updates about Sheffield on the Help Us Help Facebook page

If you see someone on the streets, ask if they have a tenancy and encourage them to go back. If they are saying they have nowhere to go please call Sheffield’s Street Outreach Team on 0800 066 5358 (free from landlines and mobiles) or text SOTS to 80800, followed by your message.

Contact Housing Solutions for support relating to homeless accommodation: 0114 273 6306 or 0800 7311 689 (out of hours = after 5pm/ weekend)

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The Guardian news article - Self-isolate at home, they say. But what if you are homeless?