Rough Sleeping and street begging were highlighted as key issues for businesses during the consultation process of the second stage of Norwich BID. Our aim is to work with key partner organisations and businesses to assist in decreasing the level and impact of this issue on Norwich City centre.
The BID has spent the past year networking with organisations and services focused on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping in Norwich. We attend monthly Multi-Agency Rough Sleepers (MARS) group meetings, helping us to stay up-to-date on the current issues and causes for concern. We have also spent time with the police, learning more about their campaign against aggressive begging: “Operation Wormington”.
We are currently working in partnership with Pathways, a collaborative project between 7 local organisations which aims to offer a creative response to the current homeless situation in the city. Together we are working towards launching a giving scheme and campaign in 2019. The scheme will educate members of the public to donate to Pathways rather than directly to individuals on the street, who are largely using the money received on drug/alcohol addiction. Businesses across the city will be given the opportunity to promote the scheme via contactless payment technology. This service will help to gather funding and resources that can help the Pathways team tackle rough sleeping within the Norwich area.
If you’re an individual or business and would like to give more in terms of time, space, resource or support please contact the Pathways team.