Street Begging: what should I do?

All the agencies working to help people get off the streets give the same advice – they recommend not giving cash to beggars; this only feeds addictions to alcohol, drugs or betting – or in some cases funds a healthy person cashing in on our generosity. No-one needs to be homeless in Sheffield if they are willing to accept the support available.

  • Give food & drink & have a chat
  • Donate to the agencies that support them.
  • And campaign for better care for those on the streets –

Directly help the agencies supporting the street community by donating to Sheffield’s Help-us-Help campaign @

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The Mental Health Act needs updating — so that it’s easier to help someone in this position. Do what you can to influence politicians to review the issues, which are causing a lot of the street community to have problems

Read below the comments of City Centre residents to see how begging impacts people:

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Go to our heading “Anti-social Behaviour” to see more information.

AND – for Cold Winter Weather support: Sheffield City Council in conjunction with its accommodation partners operate a Severe Weather Emergency Protocol service known locally as Weather Watch during the winter months. In 2018 Weather Watch commences on 30th October and will run until the end of March 2019.
Evening temperatures are monitored daily and if the weather is going to drop then Weather Watch will be operating. All partners are alerted and put on standby to receive Weather Watch referrals. A Weather Watch bed space is usually a crash pad for a minimum of 2 nights and persons will be required to share with others.
If you, or someone you are aware of, 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. 

Get involved with SCCRAG – Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group – we are dealing with the agencies that help those on the streets.

SCCRAG – Your City Centre Community Association, where Community Action Counts