Positive Change campaign

We've been supporting a Positive Change campaign to help tackle town centre antisocial behaviour and begging.

Positive Change campaign launched

About the Positive Change campaign

The 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.

Our video from the launch of the Positive Change campaign

Supporting rough sleepers to help them off the streets

Currently, there are very few homeless people locally as a result of the opening of the North Lane Lodge a nine-bed hostel specifically for rough sleepers with complex needs earlier this year, and the work of the Home Group housing association's street outreach team, which has been going out daily to make sure 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 a small group also regularly gathers in Aldershot town centre, leading to complaints about antisocial behaviour.

Charities the campaign is supporting

The 'Positive Change' campaign is supporting 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

You can support the campaign by supporting the three charities directly: Step by Step, The Vine Centre, The Society of St James.

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 community safety team website.

Reporting homeless people

If you see someone sleeping rough, you can report it on the StreetLink website and your report will come directly through to our housing team. 

 
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