Homelessness: what you can do

Want to get involved? You've come to the right place! Have a look at the information below for ideas, support and advice.

Homeless? Need help? Visit Bristol Homeless Connect to find the services and organisations that you are looking for.

Bristol Homeless Connect is a website which as information about how people can get help, find out how to help, or find out more information about rough sleeping in Bristol.

If you are concerned about someone who is rough sleeping ANYONE can make a street referral via streetlink.org.uk giving the following information:

- the rough sleeper’s name (if known)
- physical description
- any distinguishing characteristics (e.g. colour of distinctive clothing / possessions / sleeping bag or distinctive accent)
- specific location where the person is sleeping
- Time they were seen

Safer off the Streets (#SOSBristol): The four charities that provide night shelters to support rough sleepers have come together to set up a single, online crowdfunding appeal that offers people the chance to donate a specific sum - £17 – to provide one bed for one night to a homeless person. https://www.fundsurfer.com/project/bristol-rough-sleeping-partnership

Mayor’s Fund: The Mayor's Fund for Bristol is a fund managed by Quartet Community Foundation, and money received is given as grants to charities and social enterprises in Bristol. This year’s grants will be focussed on supporting organisations and charities working to provide long term solutions to homelessness in Bristol. The grants will make a significant difference to their situation, experience and every-day lives. The aims of the Mayor’s Fund tie in with the priorities of the newly established City Office, which has committed to providing both short and long term solutions to the homeless problems in the city. www.quartetcf.org.uk/mayorsfund

None of our night shelters can operate without the dedication of volunteers, and in Bristol, helping the homeless by giving up a night a week or a night a month is the best way. You can contact the charities directly:

St Mungo’s: 0117 954 2958 | www.mungos.org
Julian Trust: 0117 924 4604 |  www.juliantrust.org.uk
Crisis Centre Ministries: 0117 330 1230 |  www.crisis-centre.org.uk
Caring in Bristol: 0117 9244 444 | www.caringinbristol.org.uk

Think you or a friend or family member might be at risk of homelessness? It is vital to seek advice as soon as possible. It is much easier to get the help you need before you find yourself homeless. Visit https://www.bristol.gov.uk/housing/homeless-or-at-risk-of-being-homeless for more information.

Taking early action can avoid reaching crisis point. There is good advice and guidance available online: CABMA. There are also advice and support services available in Bristol: ACFAACORN and Relate.