SAFER – How best to help street beggars

Last month Islington Council launched a campaign to advise the public how best to support those begging on the street. Entitled ‘Spare Change or Real Change?‘ the campaign highlights that giving street beggars cash donations, whilst generous and well intended, isn’t the best way to help those in need as it further encourages people to beg and ultimately often remain on the streets for longer.

The Council has produced a poster that businesses can display within their workplaces – Click here for PDF version – that highlights the best ways to make a real difference, namely:

  • Talk to the person and buy them a non-alcoholic drink
  • Tell the Council is you’re concerned about someone –
  • Volunteer your time or donate to a homeless charity

If you would like hard copies of the poster for your business these can be obtained by emailing actively works with the Angel Police Team and other relevant organisations including Islington Council and Streetlink to ensure the best possible support for those on the street in Angel.