It was a wet and dreary Saturday night in Central London with lots of people outside partying having a good time, yet no one seemed to notice John sitting on the sidewalk shaking from the cold. So many people were around talking it made it hard to hear John share his story. But the sad story of sleeping rough came through loud and clear!
John is from Scotland. He has a drinking problem and needs help. After relationship problems with family kept getting worse, John figured he’d try London. Tonight will be his 4th night on the streets.
The good news is London has a program to help rough sleepers like John called No Second Night Out. No Second Night Out has a 24/7 helpline (phone: 0870 383 3333 or report online here) encouraging the general public to report a rough sleeper so an outreach team can e dispatched to the location to help. The program is soon to launch nationally around the UK.
At least here in the United Kingdom, there is no excuse to get just walk by a person sleeping rough.