Diverted giving is the act of donating money, food, toiletries and clothing to homeless charities rather than directly to rough sleepers and beggars.
Many people think they are doing a good thing by giving rough sleepers money, but begging is illegal and your money won’t always be spent on items such as food, drink or towards accommodation costs. Because of the money they make, rough sleepers will often turn down offers of help from support services to leave the streets.
Donations to local charities will be used more effectively to support more people and make services widely available in the community.
Your donations help pay for food and drink, a place to sleep, and staff who work to provide help and advice to enable the homeless to move into permanent accommodation, find employment and financial assistance.
We would never tell people how to spend their money, however our diverted giving campaign aims to raise awareness of the most beneficial ways of supporting the homeless community.
While this is not always the case, some people you see begging may not be homeless and the money they receive will sometimes be spent on harmful substances.
The council works with partners to try to understand who is in the town, identify any issues or problems and what support will help them to move forwards. The aim is to engage them in health, financial and employment services in order to get them back up on their feet and towards a stable future.
Community Wardens work with external agencies and internal partners to support those needing assistance.
The council is responsible for assessing those who approach us or who are referred to us with consent by other agencies as homeless or threatened with homelessness. The council may have a duty to provide advice, support and in some instances, emergency accommodation.
Homelessness is a very complex subject. Mental health and substance abuse issues can be significant contributing factors. Despite efforts, not all rough sleepers choose to engage with us and the available services, however we and our partner agencies will continue to go above and beyond to help those who need it.
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