On 19th & 20th January 2018 over 70 people representing all sectors in Southampton came together for a city conversation to look at issues relating to street homelessness. Arising from this came a strong sense of shared commitment to work together to tackle the complex issues raised and to take forward ideas in practical ways through action groups.
Street Support Action Group Southampton are working together to launch the Change The Way You Give campaign to make sure your money reaches those who really need help.
Homelessness is something we wouldn't wish on anyone. People in Southampton who are homeless and on the street are often wet and freezing cold and very vulnerable. They are at risk of verbal and physical abuse and have increased health risks. They are a very diverse group and are there for a variety of different reasons.
Your donations will support three projects that have been selected by the Street Support Action Group Southampton panel with input from individuals with lived experience of homelessness in Southampton. The first three projects which you will support are:
- £20 funds a unisex 'welcome pack' which contain: a change of clothing; a towel; toiletries; chocolate and orange juice. Your gift will make a good start to a warm night. These welcome packs will support local charities such as Two Saints who provide invaluable support for rough sleepers and those in need.
- Provide a positive start for individuals entering accommodation with Society of St James, who are a Southampton-based homelessness charity, providing a range of supported living services in Southampton, Portsmouth and across Hampshire. They provide a wide range of support to people from all walks of life experiencing homelessness, problematic alcohol or substance use and mental health problems. Through the Change The Way You Give campaign, your donations will provide furniture for those in need as they enter accommodation for the first time in Southampton.
- No Limits provides a caring environment, support, advice and awareness to the young people of Southampton. Your donations from the Change The Way You Give campaign will help fund a shower for these young people in need.
Several Southampton churches opened a winter shelter in 2019, which provided hot food, good company and a simple bed overnight. Further support was provided for rough sleepers in 2020. The Change the Way you Give Campaign will support the winter provision this year.
The money will be collected by Southampton Voluntary Services on behalf of the Street Support Action Group and will be distributed to the causes above. The causes were selected by individuals with lived experience in Southampton. If you are interested in putting forward a project, please visit the Street Support website.
You can also donate in Southampton city centre at our contactless giving points at Westquay customer services, Westquay South, The Marlands, Seacity and the Central Library.
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