Giving to people who beg:

People who beg need support but giving money to them is not the answer.

Our advice is to give to a Sheffield charity that helps people make long-term, positive changes.

If you are giving money it’s worth knowing:

  • More than 95% of people who were begging in Sheffield between Oct '16 and March '17 said they needed money to support an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Not everyone who begs is homeless – South Yorkshire Police spoke to 37 people who were begging in Sheffield and all but 8 had accommodation. Outreach workers can help those who don’t have anywhere to stay.
  • If you do give money then it’s important not to be judgemental about how it may be used.


Interested in supporting a Sheffield charity that works with vulnerable people?

Here's a useful list.

Buy the Big Issue North

Vendors come from different backgrounds and can face various problems associated with poverty, including homelessness.

Vendors buy the Big Issue North for £1.25 and sell it for £2.50, meaning each seller is working, not begging.

You can read case studies about vendors and how selling the magazine is helping to turn their life around here.

Read our blog about the Big Issue North and some vendor experiences.


Buy a pending drink or meal for a person in need

A scheme exists in Sheffield where you can buy a pending drink or meal at several independent cafes across the city, which can then be claimed by a person in need who is accessing support through one of the day centres.

Read more here:

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