juliantrust.org.uk - Bristol Night shelter.
www.mungos.org - Night shelter, help and advice.
caringinbristol.co.uk - Supporting homeless and vulnerable people in Bristol.
helpbristolshomeless.org - turning storage containers into homes!
If you know of a rough sleeper, you can tell Streetlink who can help to connect that person to the local services available.
Homelessness is a terrible thing to have to go through and I’m sad to say that it is a growing problem in Bristol. Most of us don’t think about it, I know I never used to. I used to walk straight past homeless people I saw begging on the streets of Bristol without a second thought, until I met a lovely gentleman called Dave and his dog, Daisy. They had been living rough on the streets of Bristol for over 3 years. I met him years ago and he has really changed my outlook on rough sleepers. Dave was an ordinary 50 year old guy who had been unfortunate enough to find himself sleeping rough. The streets are no place for anyone, let alone a 50 year old. A Go Fund Me page was set up to help raise money so that he could stay in hostels and to pay for things such as food and clothes etc. Unfortunately his beloved dog, Daisy, sadly passed away and Dave was left without his best friend and companion. Shortly after Daisy's death, Dave was rehoused in Bristol, but he still needed help to pay for his heating and food until his benefits arrived early in the new year.
Sadly, Dave passed away in July 2019 at the age of 51. It seems like time spent living on the streets had taken their toll on him. You can read more about Dave's story here.
Drink and drug misuse are stigmas often attached to rough sleepers (reasons why people end up sleeping rough), however, this isn’t always the reason why people find themselves sleeping on the streets. Quite often these are people just like you and me. They have simply taken a wrong turn in life and found themselves in an unimaginable position which is terribly hard to get out of.
Next time you are passing a homeless person, stop, ask their name, have a chat to them and buy them a warm drink or a snack. It can make such a massive difference to them.
If you would like to help these unfortunate people, please click on the links which will take you to some charities who are doing some fantastic work in Bristol to get homeless people off the streets and back into homes and jobs. These charities require funds, volunteers and supplies such as food, clothes and sleeping bags. Any support you give will be much appreciated.