Sofa-Surfing and Going Hungry in 2021

An update from AMANDA C EVANS of Homeless Pembrokeshire

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We recently heard from someone who is sofa-surfing while holding down a job. They explained the pressures of living under someone else’s roof and being woken in the early hours.

I imagine many who sofa-surf feel they are not able to speak out about their frustrations in case they are asked to leave. These frustrations build and can take a toll on your mental health. With such a shortage of properties on the market, many feel trapped.

Then there was a young person needing some help with food who looked tired and hungry. Thankfully we could provide a Greggs Gift Card to quickly alleviate their need for something to eat. They were encouraged to use a food bank – I do hope they found the courage to do so.

Then we had two people contact us in need of help. One has worked hard and managed to source accommodation of their own. It’s a big move when everything you owned was in a rucksack. Anyway, the move meant it had left them with nothing for food. A box of groceries, toiletries and cleaning products was dropped off and we received a message about how impressed they were.

Of course it wasn’t necessary but it did give us a little smile, we really hope they enjoy their new home and continue to do well.

The other help went to someone struggling very much – we know it’s chaotic for them and they have their battles. They explained they had no food or household fuel and so wanted some hot water for a shower.

Another box of groceries and toiletries went out plus some credit onto their fuel keys. Seeing someone cold, thin and struggling is heartbreaking – and they are someone’s child. We know there is a parent out there grateful.

We know of another person that is about to rely on an emergency rough sleeper pack. The hope is they get the opportunity to sofa-surf rather than having to pitch up. Thank you to everyone who donates and we hope you can see what a difference you make.

We aim to raise awareness of homelessness and to help those who become homeless with either individual items or a full emergency pack here in Pembrokeshire. We can also signpost venues providing meals, washing facilities and laundry plus other organisations that may be able to assist. We are unable to recommend areas to pitch a tent for the reason that wild camping in England and Wales is not currently permitted. The CRoW (Countryside and Rights of Way) Act 2000 forbids camping unless you have the express permission of the landowner. We are registered with the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA). In addition to homelessness, we will also serve those in need where we can with emergency food parcels and fuel payment and our Baby Bank. Homeless Pembrokeshire is a registered charity which provides an outreach service. Please contact Amanda C Evans directly if you are in need of assistance by phone, Facebook, Messenger or via our websites:

https://www.homelesspembrokeshire.org

https://www.homelesspembrokeshirecymraeg.org

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