The council support and promote diverted giving. Diverted giving is the act of donating money, food, toiletries and clothing to homeless charities rather than directly to rough sleepers. Donations to local charities enable vital services to carry on their work in the community.
Begging is illegal and doesn’t offer a permanent solution to homelessness. Not everyone who begs is street homeless and for some people it is just a means of getting money. For those who are sleeping rough, begging can cause them to turn down offers of help from support services and return to the streets.
The council works with partners to provide an outreach service that identifies who is rough sleeping in the town and how best they can be supported to engage with services and move forwards. However, homelessness is a complex subject and mental health and substance abuse issues can be a significant contributing factor. As a result and despite efforts not all rough sleepers choose to engage with available services.
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