Life expectancy for rough sleepers averages 47 years for men and 42 for women. This rises to 82 and 86 respectively for homed individuals.
Homeless Charities advise that there is a better way to help beggars than giving money directly to them.
This is because many of those who beg are vulnerable people who often have drug or alcohol addictions and the money they receive from passers-by goes on feeding these addictions.
Instead we would encourage people to donate to local charities which can provide lasting support and help address underlying issues.
We understand that people want to help those who are in need and it is a hard message to be asked not to give money to them.
But we are not saying don’t help beggars - we are saying that the best way to help is to give to those charities which can make a lasting effect on their lives.
“Your Kindness Could Kill” is not just a slogan – unfortunately it is a reality. All the experience of organisations who work in this field is that money given to beggars largely goes to feed drug or drink addictions.
“By supporting the charities who will benefit from this campaign you will be helping beggars get out of that lifestyle.”
Often people say: “I won’t give money, but I will buy them a meal” - however there are charities in Dover which provide the homeless with meals every day and most of the homeless people you see are in receipt of benefits as well. Providing them with food can stop them engaging with agencies who will offer them permanent help, whilst freeing up their benefit money to buy drugs or alcohol.
We are a charity set up to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.
We work closely with other agencies both locally and nationally to address the problems faced in society today.
We have a permanent Mental Health Practitioner who helps those suffering with anxiety, bereavement, depression, PTSD, personality disorders, schizophrenia, addictions and many other mental health issues.
We run a Social Enterprise company to employ those who are unable secure other employment (some of whom have never worked). They learn new skills, manage working relationships, building confidence as well as ability. They are paid, coming out of the benefits system and becoming independent. When they are ready to move on they will have a work history, work experience, a CV and references.
We have many contacts within the housing system both private rental, Council and Housing associations.
We offer breakfast, laundry facilities, showers, clothes, literacy and numeracy tutorials, use of a postal address and a telephone, job search, benefits advice, CV writing, advice of a GP, a solicitor, Foodbank vouchers and family liaison.
Since we first opened our doors in September 2016 we have helped to house 83 people, finding jobs for 49 of those. Some people are unable to work and are in need of supported housing – this has been arranged for eight previous rough sleepers. We have helped to repatriate eight people to home nations and aided 14 in reuniting with family in various parts of the UK.
We have also operated the Winter Night Shelters for the past two years – housing the homeless during the coldest three months of the year.We work solely on donations, supported by a staff of volunteers.