Severe hot weather can be life threatening

Here's how you can help someone who is homeless

As temperatures rise across the UK, people experiencing homelessness face significant challenges.

With nowhere to escape the heat and limited access to fresh, cold drinks, they are at high risk for heat-related illnesses.

We are dedicated to providing essential items and support to those who need us most, but there are also simple ways you can help people living on the streets during these extremely hot days.

Give a bottle of water

People living on the streets are at a much higher risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Without access to clean, cool water, they are especially vulnerable to the severe effects of hot weather. Dehydration can cause dizziness, confusion, and in severe cases, can be life-threatening. By giving someone a bottle of water, you will help them stay hydrated and reduce their risk of heat-related illnesses.

Supply sun screen

There's a real danger of getting burned when you can't escape the sun. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can cause painful sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer. Finding adequate shade or indoor shelter is often not an option for people sleeping rough. By providing sunscreen you will help protect people from severe sun damage.

Hand over a hat

Hats help people remain cool and avoid sunstroke, a severe condition that occurs when the body overheats. Sunstroke can lead to headaches, nausea, and can be life-threatening if not treated promptly. If you have a spare hat or can buy one, please give it to someone who is homeless. A simple hat can make a real difference in protecting someone from the intense heat.

Notify StreetLink

If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, notify StreetLink. They will alert local councils and homelessness charities.