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, ask if they are involved with any agencies, but giving money is NOT advised. It’s your decision, but empirical evidence suggests that each £1 donated shortens the life of a person addicted to drugs, spice and/or alcohol by one hour. To know more, see our document ‘Killing me Quicker with Kindness? HERE

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 and/or hands-on help from 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.

Weather Watch in Cold Weather: Sheffield Council and its partners operate Weather Watch during the winter months. It commenced 30th October 2018 until the end of March 2019. If you think someone may be rough sleeping during the Winter months please contact the Access Team for assessment on 0114 2736306 or the Out of Hours service on 0800 7311 689

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.

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Services for people misusing substances: See below for a complete list of available services in Sheffield: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

List of Recovery Groups in Sheffield: See below for a contact list of links to over 40 recovery groups: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

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

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Guidance for members of the public on how to help and support those begging on our SCCRAG leaflet Below: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

West Street Anti-Social Behaviour: February 2018: Press Release: Below: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

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: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]

Why SCCRAG Seeks a Cumulative Impact Policy for West Street and Devonshire Green: June 2017 – Below: [embeddoc url=”” viewer=”google”]