Entries by Jamie Leeming

A Digital Food Bank

A food bank charity has started using digital lockers to provide support to homeless people. Food parcels are left in lockers in St Leonards, East Sussex, which clients can access using a code, reports the BBC news. The charity ‘Surviving the Streets’, based in Hastings, hopes it will overcome the stigma some feel towards visiting […]

‘Cowardly’ Attack On Rough Sleeper In Liverpool

Homeless people in Liverpool have reminded the city “we’re human too” after a rough sleeper was brutally kicked in the face. The violent attack took place outside the Tesco on Dale Street, in Liverpool city centre on Wednesday evening, reports the Liverpool Echo. Footage of the incident was shared online which showed a group of […]

Extra Help For Rough Sleepers With Drug And Alcohol Issues

Rough sleepers across England will receive extra support to help them recover from drug and alcohol problems, the Government has announced. Rough sleepers across England will receive extra support to help them recover from drug and alcohol use, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, Kelly Tolhurst MP announced today (14 December 2020). Forty-three areas across England […]

Councils Refuse To ‘Collaborate’ In Plans To Deport Migrant Rough Sleepers

A growing number of councils, charities and other organisations have pledged to boycott new Home Office rules to criminalise and deport migrant rough sleepers. The Home Office changed the UK immigration rules on 1 December, although it has not yet published guidance about how to apply them, reports The Guardian. Local authorities, MPs, anti-trafficking organisations and […]

Restaurants Rally Round To Feed The Homeless

Hundreds of the nation’s top restaurants will continue to pledge their support to a charity focused on feeding the most vulnerable after the pandemic left them in urgent need of support. StreetSmart, which raises funds each winter to tackle homelessness by getting food venues to add a small donation to bills, was devastated when it […]

‘Remarkable Growth’ Of Housing First

Homeless Link’s ‘Picture of Housing First in England 2020’ research outlines a remarkable growth in Housing First provision across the country – a tripling in the number of services since 2017 serving six times more people facing multiple disadvantage. The research indicates how far we have come – and how far we still have to go […]

Jail For Robbers Of Homeless Manchester Man

Two thugs who robbed a homeless man of everything he owned, leaving him ‘naked and humiliated’ in the street, have been jailed. Aaron Kenworthy, 29, and Chris Moyo, 42, came across the man as he slept in a tent in Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre, according to a report in The Metro. They dragged […]

New Hostel For New Start In Southport

A former Southport hotel will be converted to provide supported housing for homeless people. Merseyside charity and SSHG member New Start, put forward plans for what was the Club House Hotel on Leicester Street after seeing a rise in people in the region falling on hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Liverpool Echo. […]

Cash Boost For Manchester Homeless

Forty more beds are to be made available for homeless people in Greater Manchester this winter. Mayor Andy Burnham said providing the extra capacity under the Bed Every Night scheme would cost £300,000 and come from his Mayoral Priorities Fund. It means the total number of beds available to homeless people in the region will […]

Next Year’s Census To Include The Homeless

Ahead of Census 2021, Emily Stidston, the Census Community Partnerships Manager at the Office for National Statistics, tells Homeless Link how people who are homeless or vulnerably housed can take part in the once-in-a-decade survey of the population of England and Wales – and why it is important to do so. In March 2021, everyone in […]