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.
Give us your (new!) socks
Homeless shelters are calling out for new warm socks to give to those in need
This Christmas period six regional homeless charities are partnering with Southern Railway to provide support for local people experiencing homelessness.
We’re encouraging our passengers and teams to donate a new pair of socks for those sleeping rough over the festive period.
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?
We will be holding collections at the below stations on 5 December between 7am – 10am:
- East Croydon
- London Blackfriars
- St Albans
We are working in partnership with:
- Brighton Housing Trust - bht.org.uk
- Spires - spires.org.uk
- The Connection at St Martins in the Field - connection-at-stmartins.org.uk
- Centre 33 - centre33.org
- Helping Herts Homeless - helpinghertshomeless.org.uk
- Noah Enterprise - noahenterprise.org