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South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide

South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide

The Homeless Survival Guide for South Yorkshire is designed as a ‘first port of call’ for anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. It provides information on finding accommodation, food, health, other support and amenities in the Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham areas. The guide is the vision of High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Barry Eldred, who decided to pull the document together after seeing how a similar guide was helping rough sleepers in Bristol. The scheme also comes just weeks after the Office of National Statistics revealed how nine homeless people died in the Sheffield City Region in 2017. Furthermore, a survey by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation called ‘Vital Signs 2018’ revealed that the top concerns for residents who responded are “deprivation and homelessness.”

Speaking at a launch event at Ben’s Centre in Sheffield , 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. Ruth Willis, chief executive officer of the SYCF, said: “Pulling together this guide has been a big job, but we have been happy to do it. As a charity, our aim is to improve the lives of local people, no matter their circumstances. ”

The guide will be made available to any organisation within South Yorkshire that helps homeless people or those at risk of rough sleeping so they can distribute it to people who need help and is now available online .

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