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Southampton Conference – Working together to end rough sleeping

Southampton Street Support Action Group held their eighth conference in June, which is now our third one held online. It was well attended by agencies, local government, the voluntary sector, councillors, and our local MP’s. The conference gathered to hear reports of the work with those sleeping rough over the last year and the progress […]

Homelessness – a personal perspective

By Jo Ash  CEO of Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) As I step down as CEO of SVS I was asked by the Street Support Action Group with which I have worked since its inception to write some personal words about why housing and homelessness issues are of such importance to me. Undoubtedly my interest has […]

Move on housing – Hope into Action

Hope into Action: Southampton helps churches respond to homelessness and make a lasting difference to lives.  We are a local franchise of a national project operating for more than 10 years and and in over 20 cities.  City Life Church took on the franchise in 2019 in response to locally identified need for additional move […]

Social Media Students work – The Journey

Two student groups worked with Street Support Action Southampton to produce two different videos as part of their final year studies at Solent University which are now available to see. The two groups took different approaches, one created a short animated film called The Journey, which aims to spread awareness of homelessness and encourage charitable […]

Behind the scenes of Emma’s story

Solent University have been founding partners for Street Support in Southampton. They have hosted several conferences on homelessness and provided work placements to help the work of Street Support. This year, Solent University offered us the chance to pitch to their final year Social Media students. The ask was for a group of students to […]

Churches Winter Beds Scheme 2021 ends in Southampton

This year’s winter bed scheme for people sleeping rough in Southampton comes to an end on Monday 1st March. Paul Woodman from Street Support Southampton helped organise the offer following the success of last winter’s beds across seven local churches. He said: “Working with the council and its partners, including public health, we were able […]

2020 The year for Big Difference

Sanjay Mall has been nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer of the year in the South for his work with the homeless in Southampton. Sanjay has worked with the Big Breakfast at Above Bar Church for 12 years and this year set up the Big Difference to provide meals for the homeless. The […]

Southampton September Conference – “No one comes off the streets due to the work of one agency”

Southampton Street Support Action Group held their sixth conference last week. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions this one was the first that was online. It was well attended by agencies, local government, the voluntary sector, councillors and our local MP’s. The conference gathered to hear reports of the work with those sleeping rough over the […]

Southampton summit celebrates reduction in rough sleeping.

On 10th March 2020, Street Support Action Group Southampton is holding another homelessness summit in the city, hosted at Solent University. The partnership feels that another conference is vital to update their partners on progress, celebrate the successes of the last year and continue to promote working together. Since the last conference in April 2019, there […]

Southampton Winter Shelter

From Sunday 12th January 2020 to Sunday 9th February 2020, seven churches across Southampton opened up their doors to rough sleepers for a pilot project of the Churches Winter Night Shelter. The churches included City Life Church, Victory Gospel Church, Saint Mary’s Church, St Deny’s Church, St Mark’s Church, Above Bar Church and Central Baptist […]