A survival guide for the homeless has been launched by the High Sheriff of Sheffield, in hopes of helping to get the homeless off the street.
The Homeless Survival Guide for South Yorkshire is designed for those who are homeless or find themselves at risk of becoming homeless. It contains guidance and information on finding accommodation, food, help regarding health, and support in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.
At the launch event, the High Sheriff, Mr Eldred said: “It was my hope that my year in office as High Sheriff would enable me to make a difference for those leading complex, fragile lives.
“With the help of South Yorkshire Community Foundation, the local authorities, and the amazing energy of the charities involved in caring for those in desperate circumstances, my ambition has come together in this guide.
“The positive reaction of other towns and organisations, who have expressed an interest in producing their own guide, is further proof of the need for the help that such guides offer.”
The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that “drug-related deaths of homeless people increased by 52 per cent over five years” and nine people died in the Sheffield City Region in 2017.
Multiple charities are working in and around Sheffield to help rough sleepers, such as Roundabout and Shelter Sheffield.
If you are homeless, at risk of homelessness or know someone who is you can contact Roundabout on 0114 253 6789.