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We want to support as many organisations as possible across our network that support people impacted by homelessness

Helping to tackle a national issue

The number of people sleeping on the streets in Britain has increased substantially in the past few years, but rough sleeping is just the most visible part of a much wider homelessness pandemic, with many people using foodbanks on a daily basis. We have a large role to play to support our communities, who provide support for people in need. What we can do to help is make the most of our network, used by thousands of people each day, to reach those who are willing to help. We pledge to support our local partners, including:

  • Foodbanks and kitchens
  • Homeless provisions and prevention services
  • Fundraising initiatives

Our teams have held food banks, donation drives, fundraising cake sales and helped out in the kitchen at local shelters.


The Railway Food Collection

Partnering with local foodbanks to support our local communities

During the UK lockdown restrictions in April 2020, the Trussell Trust’s network of food banks saw an 89% increase in need compared to the same period last year, with a staggering 107% increase in emergency food parcels for children. We responded by holding foodbank collections at stations in the Southern region we held regular collections for the BMECP Foodbank (Black and Minority Ethnic Community Partnership) -

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Great Sock Appeal

Give us your (new!) socks

Homeless shelters are calling out for new warm socks to give to those in need

For the past two Christmas periods Southern Railway has partnered with six regional homeless charities to provide support for local people experiencing homelessness. We encouraged our passengers and teams to donate a new pair of socks for those sleeping rough over the festive period.

Why socks?

Often overlooked as an unimportant item, for those sleeping rough, a pair of socks is essential for keeping feet warm and dry. Without them, there is great risk of blisters, fungal infections and even trench foot. This basic item of clothing is also responsible for keeping feet healthy, maintaining good circulation and managing diabetes. With temperatures plummeting on UK streets this winter it takes just 30 minutes for frostbite to take hold, meaning socks are crucial for surviving.

How can I can get involved?

Watch out for the Great Sock Appeal coming to a station near you next Christmas season.

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Corporate and social responsibility

We believe in doing business in a responsible way – serving our passengers and benefiting the communities around our stations.