Voice for Children
Could you face the cold of an autumn night with nothing but a sleeping bag and a cardboard mat, to raise money for homelessness charities?
Crewe was one of a number of locations for the Sleep Rough event taking place across the country, with the aim of raising money to support some of the thousands of people who experience homelessness in the UK every year.
Raising money for homeless people
Homelessness is usually associated with big cities, but every night at least 10 people are known to be sleeping on the streets of Crewe.
Generally, homeless people are those who have nowhere to stay or will have nowhere to stay within the next 28 days. People also considered homeless might:
- Have no accommodation in this country or anywhere in the world to occupy
- Have the right to live in a property but cannot gain access
- Live in movable accommodation, like a boat or a caravan, but with nowhere permanent to moor or park
- Have accommodation but due to some exceptional circumstances it would unreasonable to continue to occupy this
- Live separately from someone with whom they would normally reside, because there is nowhere they can live together
- Have a home, but fear violence from someone.
A large majority of rough sleepers are young and male, many of whom have suffered a relationship breakdown or lost employment. Some may have drug, alcohol or mental health problems. Some are offenders, and an increasing number of former service personnel are being seen. Women account for approximately 20% of rough sleepers. All homeless people are vulnerable.
If you have concerns about homelessness, Cheshire East Council’s housing options and support team is available on 0300 1235017 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Those who find themselves with no accommodation outside of these hours should call 0300 1235025.