We've been supporting a Positive Change campaign to help tackle town centre antisocial behaviour and begging.
Put your spare change into the right hands
The Positive Change campaign aims to encourage people to donate to local charities, rather than giving cash to people who are begging on our streets.
In doing so, we want to help tackle negative behaviour and begging locally, but also bring about long-term change to the lives of people, previously associated with rough sleeping, who continue to socialise, drink and potentially commit antisocial behaviour in our town centres.
Supporting rough sleepers to help them off the streets
Currently, there are very few homeless people locally, as a result of the work of North Lane Lodge, a nine-bed hostel specifically for rough sleepers with complex needs, and the work of the Home Group housing association's street outreach team, which makes sure that individuals have access to the specialist support they need to help get them off the streets.
Tackling begging and negative behaviour
Despite the decrease in rough sleepers locally, the number of people begging is increasing and we have received complaints about antisocial behaviour in both Aldershot and Farnborough town centres.
Charities the campaign is supporting
The 'Positive Change' campaign supports three local charities:
- Step by Step, the Aldershot charity, which works to empower young people and prevent homelessness
- The Vine Centre in Aldershot, which provides a range of services to disadvantaged adults locally
- The Society of St James, which manages the North Lane Lodge for rough sleepers with complex needs
How you can support the campaign
Reporting antisocial behaviour
If you spot antisocial behaviour, you can report it to the police. In an emergency, call 999. For non-emergency reports, call 101.
You can find out more on the Safer North Hampshire website.