Here's how you can help homeless people as Storm Aileen batters Britain

Nick Reilly
Waves break over the coastline at Porthcawl in Wales, as Storm Aileen brings howling gusts and heavy showers to parts of the UK. (PA)

Storm Aileen has hit Britain, bringing gusts of up to 75mph and harsh weather conditions across the UK.

But as Britain continues to battle the conditions, which have resulted in the Met Office issuing an amber warning, it’s all too easy to forget how tough it must be for the thousands of rough sleepers on our streets.

At present, almost 3,000 people are sleeping on the UK’s streets on any given night.

However, there are ways you can help – here’s how you can do your part.

Get in touch with StreetLink

StreetLink are one of the UK’s leading homeless charities across England and Wales, and you can get in touch with them about rough sleepers across the two countries.

They can be found online at StreetLink.org.uk, or you can call their 24-hour hotline on 0300 500 0914. Alternatively, there’s always their app on your iPhone or Android.

The RNLI lifeboat is launched from Cromer Pier in Norfolk after Storm Aileen brought howling gusts and heavy showers to parts of the UK. (PA)

Make an online referral

StreetLink also offer a brilliant service that lets you refer someone that you’ve spotted sleeping rough, and you’re encouraged to provide as much information as possible.

This will include the place you saw that person sleeping, along with the time that you saw them there.

It’s also handy to provide any key information about the person, be it their appearance or what they were wearing.

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Donate to charity.

Charities such as Shelter are important in providing key support for the homeless and funding initiatives to get rough sleepers off the streets. You can support them here. 

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