Helping homeless people
76% of people in Britain feel powerless to help the homeless, according to a new poll published by Crisis. 
 
The YouGov poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 adults in Great Britain also reveals that half of people said they rarely or never try to do something to help when they see people experiencing street homelessness. When asked why they don’t always do something to help, the top three reasons were: 
they sometimes felt nervous to approach people (39%) 
they didn't always know what to do to help (36%) 
and they felt they couldn't make a difference (24%) 
 
Jon Sparkes,  Chief Executive of Crisis, said:   
 
“British people care and they want to help the homeless but uncertainty and nervousness are stopping them.  
 
We all need the same basic things – shelter, food and being treated with dignity. Homelessness is incredibly isolating and lonely.  
 
How to help the homeless
Many people we work with tell us that not being acknowledged or treated as a fellow human being can be just as painful as the physical hardships. A friendly hello or quick chat is often as welcome as buying a hot drink or some food.” 
 
For people experiencing homelessness on the streets, Crisis says there are a variety of immediate ways to help: 
 
Contact Streetlink (in England & Wales), or the local council in Scotland, to connect that person with the homelessness services in their area. 
Call 999 if you have immediate concerns about their welfare 
Ask if there is anything they need such as a hot drink or food, warm clothing and blankets. 
Say hello or stop for a chat. 
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