Spare Change or Real Change
The Safer Portsmouth Partnership aim to discourage people from giving money to those who are begging in the city, as more often than not, money given is used to fuel drug and/or alcohol addictions.
As well as the health harms to the individuals, these addictions can in turn, increase the level of anti-social behaviour that we experience as a city. Instead of fueling addiction, we want to target and increase effective care to aid those begging due to addiction and get them the support that they need to make positive changes in their lives.
This may include offering help to address their addictions and any offending and unhealthy behaviour patterns; giving them support in seeking education; helping the to find both voluntary and paid training and offering support in addressing mental and or physical health concerns.
If you want to help break the cycle of addiction, please don't give directly to people begging, instead find a different way to help such as giving money, clothes or shoes to a support service such as Central Point.
SSJ provide a homeless day centre providing advice and support for single homeless people and those who are inappropriately housed. They provide help with drugs and alcohol problems as well as mental health issues and provide the following facilities:
- clothing store
- laundry facilities
- address services
- and possible access to a bond to assist with housing.