Stockport Homes, Stockport Council and partners are urging residents not to give money to people begging, but to refer them to help already available.
Research shows that most money given to people who are begging is spent on drugs and alcohol.
There is no need to beg or sleep rough in Stockport. There is help and support available.
Emergency and long-term accommodation (including health and employment support)
- contact Stockport Homes at 1 St. Peter’s Square, Stockport SK1 1NZ or on 0161 217 6016.
Hot food, support and advice
- visit the Wellspring Resource Centre at Harvey Street SK1 1YD and get a free hot meal – open seven days a week.
- call Stockport Loaves and Fishes on 07938 967063 or visit 'The Olive Branch' at 2c Castle Street, Edgeley.
To help make a lasting change this Christmas: help a local homelessness charity instead;
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said:
No-one should be sleeping rough. There are many organisations including the Council, Stockport Homes, The Wellspring and Charities determined to do everything possible to prevent homelessness and to support people who are homeless in turning their lives around. Accessing this support is the first step towards making lasting changes that really can make a difference.