The Real Change Not Loose Change campaign encourages local people to help raise money as an alternative to giving directly to people on the streets. As well as donating money, holding fundraising events in the community such as cake bakes and dress down days are great ideas for raising money.
The campaign has raised over £70,000 since 2016 to help homeless people of the streets and access support in Basingstoke and Deane. The campaign has previously raised money for the Basingstoke Night Light Winter Shelter, as well as the Basingstoke Time Bank and The Camrose Centre.
Other ways to help the homeless include volunteering your time or donating items such as food, clothing and toiletries.
Following the success of the Real Change not Loose Change campaign, the Social Inclusion Partnership (SIP) which brings together a range of specialist, voluntary, statutory, faith and community groups all working to reduce homelessness in the borough together, is now building on the commitment shown by local people, businesses and organisations by launching a year-round initiative to support rough sleepers.
The Real Change not Loose Change campaign is fundraising to support the homeless during the winter periods. Agencies from across the borough are coming together to ensure that those sleeping rough have support, food, company, advice and access to services which can help them find permanent accommodation. The coldest months of the year can be the hardest for those who are homeless and your donation will make a real difference to some of the borough’s most vulnerable people.
If you are worried about someone sleeping rough, please contact Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 or visit the Streetlink website
If you are homeless or threatened with homelessness please email the Homelessness Prevention Team
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