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Street donations do not help people long-term, even if the person receiving the money has a real need, the benefit is short-term.
Working with charities, voluntary and public sector organisations we can prevent homelessness and provide long-term solutions.
If you would like to help, you can text a donation to Off The Streets Preston on 70070.
Text OFTS 99 followed by the amount you wish to donate.
Here in Preston we work together as a partnership to get those genuinely living on the street the help they need.
The community Kitchen at Mill Bank Court on Edmund Street provide a low priced breakfast on a Monday between 12.30pm until 2.30pm.
Tuesday's, Wednesday's, Thursday's and Saturday's the Community Café at The Foxton Centre on Knowsley Street provide low priced food and any advice and support you require between 11am until 3pm and 11am until 2pm on a Saturday.
Light Foundation provide an evening service between 8.30pm - 9.30pm on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday offering free food and drinks.
Homeless Drop In provide an evening service on a Tuesday between 6pm until 7pm, offering free food and hot drinks and also advice and support around homelessness.
Homeless Drop In provide a Saturday service between 6.30pm until 7.30pm, offering free food and drinks.
Everyone is entitled to claim benefits regardless of whether they have an address.
The majority of people you see begging on the streets of Preston are not homeless and have accommodation. For those genuine people who are homeless there are housing options and support services available via the City Council and Voluntary Sector Organisations.
Everyday people who are begging on the streets are offered support and the majority of them are known to services in Preston.
If you want to support genuine people off the streets, rather than giving to the individual, who may have a place to live, you can support local charities. These charities work daily to support people off the streets and into services.
It is more likely that a genuinely homeless person would accept offers of food and/or drink
The Police, City Council, and Preston Business Improvement District (BID) have received many complaints from businesses, visitors to the City Centre and Commuters passing though. Having investigated the situation it has become clear that we need to work together to assist people to stop begging
Preston City Council provide advice and services on homelessness, for more information and contact details please see our homeless section. If you are concerned about someone, you can contact the Foxton's Outreach Team on 07517382584 and leave them a message, providing what time and location and the team will then investigate your concern.
If you want to report information regarding someone who is rough sleeping this can be done through the street link organisation or alternatively you can download Street Links mobile application for Apple devices or Android devices. This information is then passed on to outreach workers who will visit the person.
There are various opportunities to volunteer through Preston City Council or The Foxton Centre.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.