Violence against homeless people condemned by Stonepillow
The chief executive of Stonepillow has condemned recent violence against rough sleepers in Chichester.
Hilary Bartle said: "Saturday was the first day of our Chichester Hub re-opening at the weekends and walking to work I was appalled at the sight of the burnt-out belongings in the Northgate underpass. I was glad to see the two individuals affected were safe and was pleased to be able to offer them to come to the Hub for support."
Research conducted by Crisis estimates that people sleeping on the streets are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence, than the general public.
"We are actively working with rough sleepers seven days a week to find them alternative accommodation and provide support, food, hygiene, clothing, bedding and washing facilities.
"We were overwhelmed by the volume of donations received over the festive season which enabled us to provide accommodation and support to over 130 people per day/night as well as a delicious meal for all on Christmas Day.
"We continue to provide a range of services all year around enabling people to make real positive changes in their lives. Last year, we supported 336 people and our hostels occupancy rates were at 98 per cent.
If you would like to donate, support or volunteer with Stonepillow please visit www.stonepillow.org.uk