“I really feel for the homeless, but how can I help?”
There are many things that needs to be done both on grassroot and policy level. Here’s what different experts in different fields said.
“Try and help the people stay indoors whenever you can. You can do this by donating food to local foodbanks and volunteering and donating to charities that help people to stay indoors”Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basils charity and chairperson of WMCA homelessness task force
“Find local groups that are taking action. Call ambulances and manage to get help when you see a rough sleeper in trouble. Have empathy and spread the message about the homeless. Get the conversation started to spread awareness”Sam Burgum, lecturer and researcher of squatting, housing and urban movements
“There are lots of marginalised and helpless communities among us who are in dire need of our help. Most of them have nowhere to go and depends on charities for survival. Volunteer whenever you can and help local charities take care these people.Alan Strang, trustee of Let’s Feed Brum
“It’s important to spend time with people sleeping rough and talking with them. Most of these people are suffering from mental health problems. If you notice a person having stress, depression or anxiety, refer them to a local service or alert a charity about the person and make sure they get help. Signposting is very important.”Ken Cheung, assistant psychologist at central and north west London NHS foundation trust