Helping those who are homeless or begging in Barnsley
There are lots of ways you can get involved in helping Barnsley's homeless rather than giving people money on the street.
Here are some ways you can help:
- volunteering with a local charity
- donating food, clothing or toiletries
- talking to those who are begging, and buying them some food or a drink
- buying a copy of The Big Issue North from street vendors
- spreading the word about Barnsley Homeless Alliance
Donations received by Barnsley Homeless Alliance are passed to organisations directly supporting those who are begging or homeless.
Volunteer your time
You can volunteer your time with local charities and organisations who help people who are homeless. Doing this will really make a difference to people's lives in the community.
You can look for volunteering opportunities through Love Volunteering.
Donate food or clothing
You can donate food, clothing and toiletries for us to pass on to organisations that help those in need. These can be dropped off at the Civic Hall on Eldon Street.
We're currently in need of the items below:
- food: cereal and cereal bars, packet soups, biscuits, crisps, bottled water, long-life fruit juice, long-life milk, sugar, tea, coffee, tinned foods (preferably ring-pull opening)
- toiletries: face wipes, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair brushes, sanitary products
- clothing: hats, scarves, gloves, coats and new underwear
- sleeping bags
Barnsley Churches Drop-In are also in need of the below items, which you can donate to them at Temperance House on Pitt Street on Mondays between 10am and 12pm, and Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm to 2pm:
- food: coffee and tea bags, tins of baked beans, chopped tomatoes, potatoes and carrots, gravy granules, cheese
- toiletries: shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, roll-on deodorant
- clothing - particularly t-shirts, new underwear and socks
Offer a chat and some food
Talk to the person and encourage them to access local support services. If you're not sure what to say, just ask if they're alright. Treat the person as you'd like to be treated.
Rather than money, you could also give some food or a drink.
Buy a copy of The Big Issue North
Vendors buy The Big Issue North and sell it on to their customers.
Buying a copy of the magazine supports people by giving them the opportunity to earn an income, rather than begging.
Vendors can also access housing, health and financial advice to help support them in their daily lives.