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London Street Rescue

Sleeping rough is dangerous, homeless individuals face violence and intimidation on the streets. They are exposed to harsh cold and wet weather conditions, and can experience serious health problems.

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Outreach services play a vital role helping rough sleepers escape life on the streets by meeting them where they sleep and encouraging them to come indoors and finding them a place to stay.

Thames Reach’s London Street Rescue service operates every night of the year across 14 London boroughs and helps both those rough sleepers who are new to the streets and those that that have been sleeping out long-term.

Outreach workers pair up with a volunteer and together they provide practical assistance to the individuals they find across the capital. The aim is to help people into emergency accommodation such as the No Second Night Out assessment centers and hostels.

Poor mental and physical health and drug and alcohol problems are common, so many rough sleepers are also helped to access health services.

London Street Rescue’s actions can be a catalyst for change in people’s lives. By finding them accommodation and helping them address their health needs, former rough sleepers can take the next steps to get their lives back on track.

Some rough sleepers may initially refuse an offer of help but the Thames Reach Ethos and Values statement says that we never give up on people, and so the service works with individuals for as long as it takes to get them somewhere safe and warm.

London Street Rescue is funded by the GLA as part of the Mayor’s programme to end rough sleeping in London.

If you see someone sleeping rough in London, you can make a referral via the StreetLink website, and services such as London Street Rescue will go out to help the individual.

London Street Rescue relies heavily on volunteer support, if you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, please visit the volunteer page.

Read about other Thames Reach outreach services