Press Release: Helping the local homeless community

Come and find out how you can help rough sleepers in your community at an information day in Queens Square on 1 June from 10am until 2pm.

Crawley Borough Council Officers along with partners from Crawley Open House, Crawley and Gatwick Business Watch, Sussex Police and Sussex Probation Service, will be on hand to answer questions about supporting the homeless community through diverted giving, an initiative which aims to encourage the public to donate to homelessness support charities instead of directly to rough sleepers.

Many of the town’s residents are incredibly generous and often give rough sleepers money for food and other important items, but begging is illegal and not the most effective way to help the homeless.

Instead, donating to charities such as Crawley Open House is much more beneficial as it will not only enable them to carry on their vital work supporting the town’s homeless community, but it will also encourage those begging to take up help and move towards a better, more stable future.

Leader of Crawley Borough Council, Councillor Peter Lamb, said: “Here at the council we work hard to ensure rough sleepers have access to all available support to improve their safety and wellbeing, this in turn will also help us address the fear of crime and safety that rough sleeping in town centres has on the town.”

Crawley Open House is a key homeless charity in Crawley, they provide temporary accommodation, healthcare, financial advice, employment support to those sleeping rough, with the aim of helping them to get back on their feet and into a healthier lifestyle.

For more information about Crawley Open House, visit http://www.crawleyopenhouse.co.uk

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