Homeless Survival Guide updated to help those affected across South Yorkshire

People experiencing homelessness across South Yorkshire can access the latest public and charitable services, thanks to an updated online Survival Guide, produced by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).

Barry Eldred speaking at the launch of the Homeless Survival Guide in 2019

Barry Eldred speaking at the launch of the Homeless Survival Guide in 2019

Originally launched in 2019, the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide was a joint effort between the then High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Barry Eldred and SYCF. Through an initial print run, followed by an online version, the Guide provides valuable information to people who are homeless, about services available in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

It includes contact details for nearly five hundred services ranging from support with accommodation, homelessness advice and help around health and wellbeing. 

In the wake of Prince William's visit to Sheffield in June, during which he highlighted the pressing issue of homelessness, the significance of the updated online Homeless Survival Guide becomes even more pronounced. The revised version includes new services, including Welcome Spaces and community food banks, that have developed since the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The update of the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide reaffirms our commitment to providing timely and relevant information to those in need. It will help navigate the wide-ranging landscape of public and charitable services available to people experiencing homelessness

SYCF Chief Executive Ruth Willis

I am grateful to the team at SYCF for their continuing support and commitment to this project, at a timely moment when homelessness – helped by Prince William’s new Homewards initiative – is in the headlines. The online guide takes into account new services across South Yorkshire which can only help people who are homeless

Barry Eldred DL

“We would encourage businesses interested in print sponsoring a prospective distribution of the Homeless Survival Guide, to get in touch which go towards providing physical copies to frontline services across South Yorkshire,” said Ruth.

Anyone wanting to discuss making a financial contribution to contact Ruth at rwillis@sycf.org.uk or 0114 242 9009.

SYCF is encouraging people who wish to support this project by donating to a Just Giving page, generating funds for a new print run of the Homeless Survival Guide.



Notes to Editors:

  • South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation helps to support and build strong resilient communities across the region. It provides community groups with grant funding through its many donors, to help people facing hardship and disadvantage alongside those working to improve the communities they live in. SYCF connects people, who care about South Yorkshire and want to invest in supporting the Foundation to build stronger and healthier communities. Over the last 37 years South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation has awarded more than £36 million in community grants. sycf.org.uk
  • The South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide was inspired by the vision of the then High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Barry Eldred, in 2019. After coming across a similar guide in Bristol, the Survival Handbook produced by the charity, Caring in Bristol, the High Sheriff was impressed by how essential a resource the guide had become for many vulnerable people in the city. It was originally launched with a print run and a website (https://www.sysurvivalguide.co.uk/), however there is not a new printed version at this time due to lack of funding.
  • Picture: Barry Eldred speaking at the launch of the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide in 2019