Substance Misuse and Anti-social Behaviour

THE STREET COMMUNITIES: ALL THE AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH HELPING THE STREET COMMUNITIES HAVE THE SAME ADVICE REGARDING BEGGING: many suffer from addictions; giving money in those situations simply feeds their addictions and leads to further physical and mental decline. Give food, a hot drink, engage in conversation, but giving money is NOT advised. It has been estimated that each £1 donated shortens the life of a person addicted to drugs, spice and/or alcohol by one hour.

THE BEST WAY TO PROVIDE HELP IS TO SUPPORT THE AGENCIES WORKING HARD TO ASSIST THESE PEOPLE GET OFF THE STREETS, including Cathedral Archer Project, Ben’s Centre, the Soup Wagon, Sunday Centre, Shelter, Big Issue, Streetlink, Sheffield Alcohol Support Service (SASS), The Jesus Centre, The Amy Winehouse Foundation Sheffield Addaction, User VoiceFamilies in Recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholic Anonymous, SMART Recovery,  Homeless & Rootless at Christmas (HARC) and Sheffield Street Outreach Team run by charity Framework. ALL WILL GLADLY ACCEPT DONATIONS TO FUND THEIR WORK or hands-on help for those interested.

Help-us-HelpSCCRAG has been active in helping to highlight issues around anti-social behaviour since 2014, when we suggested the creation of a coordinated campaign covering all agencies involved in supporting the street community. This includes those involved with rough sleeping, begging, homelessness and individuals under the influence of strong alcohol, prescription painkillers, and chemical substances such as spice – known collectively in the city centre as “drugaholics“. The campaign is called Help-us-Help and coordinates all agencies involved with these defined groups to offer support and assistance to gain rehab and help move away from the streets into society.

The following data carries some articles SCCRAG and others have published on these challenges:

Letter in Sheffield Telegraph 22nd February 2018 from our chair about begging, street drinking, rough sleeping and anti-social behaviour. This letter sets out what is being done to support and assist the street community.

Services for people misusing substances: See below for a complete list of available services in Sheffield: 

List of Recovery Groups in Sheffield: See below for a contact list of links to over 40 recovery groups: 

Chart of Crimes reported to South Yorkshire Police in 2017 for top ten worst locations, as published in the Sheffield STAR

Guidance for members of the public on how to help and support those begging on our SCCRAG leaflet Below: 

West Street Anti-Social Behaviour: February 2018: Press Release: Below:

Survey Results from December 2017: Sheffield City Council Department of Public Health on public attitude to ASB on West Street and Devonshire Green areas – Below:

Why SCCRAG Seeks a Cumulative Impact Policy for West Street and Devonshire Green: June 2017 – Below: