Homeless, friendless, freezing and hungry

A person sleeping rough in cold weather

Winter, with its frost, chilling winds and long, dark nights, is not the easiest time of year for any of us. But as any Salvation Army officer will tell you from experience, it can be a time of terrible hardship for many people. Some rough sleepers actually die on the streets or come very close to death, during the harsh winter months.

As we all know this year has been hard for everyone, but especially for people who are living on the streets. That’s why it is so important that The Salvation Army should be here, with open hearts to offer comfort, food, and support to people in desperate need, especially after what has been a devastatingly tough year for so many.

We offer a wide range of professional support in our Lifehouses (residential centres for people who are homeless) and drop-in centres year-round across the UK, but this winter we’re working hard to adapt our services to the latest regulations. We’ll be offering hot food, blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene kits and specialist support. Please be reassured that we will be supporting people however we can in these winter months.

Help us help people like Christopher.

Christopher had the worst possible start in life. As a child he suffered family breakdown and started taking drugs when he was only 11 to blot out the pain. Then, when he was 16, his mother threw him out and he was left to fend for himself on the streets.

The Salvation Army have been there for Christopher, providing him with help, care and friendship as well as supporting him into his own flat.

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For The Salvation Army it is unthinkable that people should be living on the streets in the bitter cold. No one should have to live on the streets. No one should have to be alone. That’s why we won’t rest until we’ve reached out to as many suffering and vulnerable people as we can.

Please support our Winter Appeal so we can provide hot food, sleeping bags and practical support to people who are homeless this winter.

Please support our Winter Appeal

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could provide a pack of basic necessities for 4 people who have been homeless when they arrive at one of our centres.

could provide one hour of 121 support work for 5 homeless people in one of our centres to help them get back on their feet .

could meet the cost of an officer to run a Salvation Army centre for three days – to provide hot meals for homeless people.