Run by local community organisation Galvanise Brighton & Hove
, which exists to help find sustainable
housing solutions for rough sleepers, the week in October will see a team of volunteers speaking to, and surveying, the street homeless.
At a time when austerity has stretched services to breaking point and left many in financially precarious situations, it is all the more important that disenfranchised people have their voices heard.
This week of local action, Connections Week, first took place in 2017.
Over one-hundred-and-sixty volunteers spoke to one-hundred-and-twenty-five rough sleepers and the resulting findings were stark.
Almost half (46%) reported being attacked while on the streets, almost a third (28%) were under thirty-five years old and almost a fifth (19%) were working in paid employment while sleeping rough.
A significant number had been street homeless for an extended period and had multiple and complex needs.
Kerry Holgate, Chair of Galvanise Brighton & Hove, comments:
"Connections Week seeks to engage volunteers from across the community, from those that work in the homelessness sector to those that want to do more when walking past someone living on the streets.
"It gives us an opportunity to talk to our street homeless neighbours about their hopes, fears and aspirations and ensure their voices feed into service redesign and long-term housing solutions.
"Everyone has the right to a safe and stable home."
Running another Connections Week will allow them to reconnect with their street homeless neighbours and benchmark data from 2017 to track changes.
Taking part between Sunday 13th October and Tuesday 15th October,
there are still spaces for those looking to make a difference in their local communities! Volunteers can sign up here.