How can I help the homeless in Lewes?

1. Saying ‘hello’

To immediately help homeless people in Lewes, saying ‘hello’ is a start.

Small acts of kindness make a big difference in the grand economics of the day for anyone, especially someone who is potentially feeling more isolated than they ever have in their life. Simply recognising an individual as someone worth talking to, smiling at, or even sharing a short conversation reminds him or her that they are not alone.

2. Giving money

There are many concerns surrounding directly giving money to someone sleeping rough. Will they spend it on drugs or alcohol, or will they use it to find a bed for the night? We cover this topic in more detail, but generally an act of kindness such as this can make more of a difference than the money itself.

3. Let someone know

You can notify StreetLink, a service that enables members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with the local services that can support them:

Alternatively, if you think the person needs urgent medical care or they're under 18 years of age, you should call 999.

4. Make a donation to a charity

A number of different charities have joined forces under the Make Change Count campaign to directly help those living on the street. Making a donation to a registered charity is a great way to ensure those funds are given to help rough sleepers find a bed for the night.

5. Volunteer with us

Make a direct impact on the lives of the homeless in Lewes by volunteering with us, and working to improve the lives of those who need help the most. To find out more about volunteering, or the work we do at Lewes Open Door, please call 07806 777106

Claire Underwood