A UK heatwave has been confirmed and is likely to run through the rest of this week into next, this poses a particular danger for people who are experiencing homelessness with no access to shelter to provide shade from the sun or drinking water to remain hydrated.
While it's widely known that the cold winter weather puts the wellbeing of people experiencing homelessness at risk, it's also true that particularly warmer weather like we are experiencing now can be harmful for people who may be sleeping rough.
Rough sleepers are at a higher risk of sunburn, dehydration and heatstroke and we are doing all we can.
Our Outreach team are out in the community making sure those we are supporting are keeping safe, providing them with bottles of water, sunscreen, hats and advice on how to stay safe during this heatwave.
Water bottles can be re-filled at many participating refill water points across Woking which include; Starbucks, Tipsy Pigs and The Lightbox to name a few. (Look out for the sticker in participating places across Woking).
Due to the increase in temperatures we are now experiencing, the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) has issued a Level 2 health-alert across the East of England and the South East and London regions which run from Monday July 11th at 9am until at least the evening of Friday July 15th.
How can you help us?
- Let us know via Streetlink.org.uk about anyone you may be aware of that is experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough.
- Support us with items from our Amazon wish-list that could help someone during the heatwave. Items on our list include bottled water, soft drinks / cordials, cooling pads, hats, sun cream or after sun.
- Make a donation to support us as we continue to work around the clock, supporting those who need us.
If you could help with any of the items listed above, please contact a member of the team on 01483 728739 prior to delivering anything to our shelter at 1 York Road, Woking.