Between 4-5,000 people sleep rough every night in the UK. This figure has risen by 165% since 2010. The average life expectancy for someone rough sleeping is 42 for a woman and 44 for a man.
These figures are shocking enough but they don't account for 'hidden homelessness' such as those sofa surfing, plus the thousands of people living in unsuitable or temporary accommodation at serious risk of becoming homeless.
This World Homeless Day on Thursday 10 October 2019, our team was out in Woking raising awareness of homelessness in Surrey and the work we do locally. We support over 300 people experiencing or at risk of homelessness every year by providing accommodation and other vital services, such as outreach to rough sleepers.
We'd like to say thank you to Woking Shopping, Woking Market, South Western Railway and the staff at Woking Station for supporting our activities. We handed out hundreds of informative postcards, received a number of pledges on our pledge board and collected over £350 in donations towards our work. Special thanks goes to everyone who kindly donated or stopped to have a conversation with our team members.
There are many ways you can help. This could be as simple as spreading the word by talking to your friends, family, colleagues or even the person sitting next to you on the bus.
Homelessness is not acceptable in modern society. Find out more about how you can get involved with supporting York Road Project.