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Feeding those on the street under lockdown

Under the current lockdown restrictions many of the charities that provide meals and food for the homeless have been required to close services as the only way to comply with the social distancing regulations. This has meant that for the homeless who are choosing to stay on the streets, the usual sources of their meals […]

News from Southampton Summit

On 10 March people gathered to hear about progress made addressing the issue of homelessness in the city during the last year.  At the summit they were told how services have been improved over the past two years, with recent figures showing that the number of people sleeping rough in Southampton has reduced by 48% […]

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 […]

New services for those sleeping rough

Southampton churches opened their buildings to those sleeping rough this winter with a new Winter Shelter. They have recruited 160 volunteers to operate the service which runs at various churches in the city centre. It follows a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support partnership believes […]

Homeless questions answered

An artist who emailed 110 councils seeking basic advice for homeless people says only 10 replied fully. Anthony Luvera asked authorities across the UK about access to shelter, safety, food, and healthcare. Of those asked, 41 did not respond at all, while 59 either sent an auto-reply or pointed to organisations or charities offering help […]

SOUTHAMPTON ARTIST CONNECTS WITH PEOPLE SLEEPING ROUGH

James Earley, multi award-winning local artist, has joined forces with Southampton City Art Gallery to highlight the City Council and Street Support Action Group’s work with people who are homeless. Earley’s new exhibition, ‘Hyper-realism’, presents a series of powerful and emotive portraits of people who are homeless – those he describes as living “on an […]

Homeless art – James Earley exhibition

Southampton born artist James Early is one of the UK’s leading hyper realism artists, currently painting out of the Arches Studios in the city. His work includes powerful and emotional studies of homeless people, victims of war and religious martyrs. For this he was nominated for the BP award, The Royal Institue of Oil Painters […]

Southampton Churches to open doors to people sleeping rough

Churches around Southampton are making plans to open their buildings to people sleeping rough this winter. It follows a city-wide partnership commitment to end the need for rough sleeping in the city. The Street Support Network partnership believes that: “No-one deserves to live a life on the streets. We believe they deserve better.” Paul Woodman from City […]

Lifetime Achievement Award for Southampton Nurse

A nurse from Southampton , who has dedicated her career to helping homeless people, has today been announced as the national winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award category at the NHS Parliamentary Awards, prestigious awards that celebrate people who have innovated, impressed and make a real difference to how the NHS provides care for patients. […]