Help people sleeping rough to rebuild their lives
There's a hidden network of charities and services transforming the lives of people sleeping rough in Westminster. Together, we can help more rough sleepers overcome the issues that led them to the streets and empower them to build a brighter future
Change that lasts a lifetime
A hidden network of dedicated professionals and volunteers is working around the clock to end rough sleeping in Westminster. They provide services such as counselling, befriending and addiction recovery, and they help with securing long-term employment and accommodation.
The network's partners are Turning Point, The Connection at St Martin's, St Mungo's, Look Ahead, West London Mission, The Passage and Westminster City Council's specialised services.
Despite Westminster spending more resource on the issue of rough sleeping than any other council in the UK, more still needs to be done. You can make a big difference by giving to the registered charities working with us to help more people off the streets for good.
Find out more about the Hidden Network's charity partners and the work they do to help people who are homeless and rough sleeping in Westminster to rebuild their lives.
St Mungo’s are one of the largest providers of outreach services in England, going out each night to help individuals off the street. They offer a bed to people who are homeless and support them at every step of their recovery from homelessness.
The Passage offers a range of services to support homeless and vulnerable people and enable them to move on to live safe, happy and fulfilling lives. Their services include immediate support, three residential projects and homelessness prevention projects aimed at reducing the risk of repeat homelessness.
The Connection at St Martin's empowers those who are on the edges of society to take control of their lives by providing practical support, designed to help people recognise their own strengths, recover from crisis and move on – working with their clients, not just for them.
Turning Point provide drug and alcohol support and treatment to rough sleepers. They work on the street, in hostels and in day centres to reduce the harm caused by drug and alcohol misuse and to help rough sleepers into housing and on into sustained recovery.
West London Mission
WLM Seymour Place provides a health service for people living on the streets in partnership with the NHS and St Mungo’s. This includes a street homelessness hub where a range of services help individuals identify their strengths to help them move away from homelessness.
How you can help
Acknowledging someone who is sleeping rough can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. It could be a smile or a wave or, if you feel comfortable, say 'hello' and have a conversation.
They all play a major part in improving someone's self-esteem and helping them feel less alone.
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough please alert StreetLink using their app, or via the StreetLink website. Your alert will help local outreach teams try to connect with those you are worried about. You can download the Streetlink app from the App Store or from Google Play.
By donating to local charities and services that work directly with people sleeping rough, you can help to make a real difference to people’s lives.
You can explore each of the charities though the links above and discover all the ways you can support them including fundraising, donating and volunteering.
You can also donate to the Hidden Network and have your contribution shared across the Hidden Network organisations. Donate to the Hidden Network here.