If you were homeless you would be three times more likely to go to hospital, 13 times more likely to be a victim of violence and 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft. One in 10 homeless people will have been sexually assaulted in the past year. A homeless person's life expectancy will have been reduced from a healthy 77 years to just 47.
During the winter months we experience cold, wet and windy weather, which though unpleasant and uncomfortable for many of us, proves a life threatening risk for people sleeping on the streets.
Donations to our SleepSafe campaign go directly to helping street homeless people through schemes such as our emergency winter provision which is run in partnership with local churches and businesses, helping people to escape the danger that rough sleeping poses to their mental and physical health.
This emergency facility offers vital shelter, food and medical help, and identifies support needs and facilitates engagement with statutory services to ensure those that are homeless don’t spend another night on the streets.
However we can’t do this without help.
How you can help
During the winter we need volunteers to help make beds, heat and serve evening meals and generally make people comfortable in their stay taking the time to really engage with people.
A hot nutritious meal can make a big difference to someone living on the streets. We need donations of food to offer hot meals like lasagne, stews and pasta. If anyone can donate these ingredients, then this would really help.
Although we try to keep costs for running this service to a minimum, we do have to provide trained staff, as well as camp beds, bedding and other items needed to support people off the streets.
Donations can be sent by cheque made payable to BCHA to BCHA, St Swithuns House, 21 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3NS. Please make sure you mention SleepSafe so as we can allocate your donation to this service.