Natalie Higson

How Students Can Help The Homeless In Liverpool

A rough sleeper in Liverpool. Image courtesy of Liverpool Echo.

According to the latest statistics by Homeless Link, there are around 4,134 people sleeping rough every night on the streets of Britain, with around 40 people thought to be regularly sleeping rough on Merseyside. These shocking statistics leave many of us wondering what we can do to help. Here are 5 ways that students can help the homeless in Liverpool…

1. Attend a charity gig night.
The University of Liverpool Help the Homeless Society and Ellipsis Magazine are proud to present the charity gig night ‘Raise The Roof For Refugees.’  This promises to be an amazing night, featuring some of the city’s best upcoming bands performing at the famous Studio2 on Parr Street, followed by an after party! All proceeds will go to MRANG, a charity which supports asylum seeker and refugee women who have suffered various forms of human rights abuses, and MerseyAid, which you can read more about below. Tickets are flying out so make sure to grab yours whilst you still can by following the link.–Ellipsis-Present-Raise-The-Roof/13124914/

2. Volunteer with MerseyAid.
MerseyAid is an organisation committed to providing support to refugees and asylum seekers who have been displaced from their home due to conflict. Many of these vulnerable people arrive with nothing, and are liable to becoming destitute and homeless. The University of Liverpool Help the Homeless Society run weekly volunteering sessions sorting through donations at the MerseyAid warehouse in Huyton. The aid is then distributed internationally to refugee camps and locally to schools, food banks, and families. Head to the UOL Help the Homeless Society Facebook page to discover how to get involved with this and many other projects.

3. Sign up to do a sandwich delivery. 
The University of Liverpool Help the Homeless Society also conduct daily sandwich deliveries. You can sign up to collect and deliver left over sandwiches either from the Guild shop to the Whitechapel Centre, or from the Guild Starbucks to Mildmay house. Both offer excellent support and accommodation for homeless people. Head to the UOL Help the Homeless Society Facebook page to discover how to get involved with this and many other projects.

4. Take part in the Liverpool Cathedral Sleep-out.Liverpool Cathedral Sleepout. Image courtesy of the Whitechapel Centre website (2018) Liverpool Cathedral is hosting a sleep-out on the 6th April in support of the Whitechapel Centre. Taking part in the sleep-out is a great way to raise money and awareness for Liverpool’s leading homelessness charity, but also to meet new people and have fun. Everyone taking part in the sleep-out is challenged to raise £50 to help provide rough sleepers in Liverpool with food and shelter. Register now at the link below.

5. Buy a suspended coffee.
A hot drink can be a brilliant pick-me-up on a cold morning. For some of us, a morning coffee run is just part of our daily routine, especially before 9am lectures! Next time, why not also buy one for someone else in advance? Several places in Liverpool, including The Brink and Gourmet Coffee, allow you to pay for a hot drink in advance which a homeless person can then claim. Follow the link below for more information.


Even if you aren’t able to commit to a volunteer project, it is important to remember that sometimes the smallest of gestures, such as a smile or a kind word, can make someone’s day just that little bit brighter.

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