Gemma Styles shows support for Street Link app
November 8th, 2016: Gemma Styles today tweeted to her almost 3.5 million followers in support of the app Street Link. She said “It is getting colder; it is now easier to report concerns about someone sleeping rough in the U.K. w/ the StreeLink app to alert help services“. Street Link is a website, telephone service and app that was launched in December of 2012. It enables individuals across England to alert authorities of someone sleeping rough. This is the first step anyone can take to ensure that homeless individuals across the country are connected with local services and that they get the help needed. This initiative is especially important during the winter nights when temperatures are particularly rigid.
Street Link is run by the charities Homeless Link and Broadway and is financially supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government, and by the Greater London Authority. In a poll of over 2,000 people in the U.K., it was found that almost half of them want to help when they see someone sleeping rough but they do not know how. Of the people that have used Street Link 47% said that they have never helped a rough sleeper before and 86% would recommend this service.
In the first year of its existence Street Link received almost 11,000 alerts of rough sleepers. The reason this service is so effective is that it is really simple to use, especially when using the app. Whomever is making the contact with the app can report themselves as rough sleeper or someone else. Alerts seem to intensify over Christmas time when nights are particularly cold and people are more inclined to do good deeds.
If you live in the U.K. you can download the app on your phone or call 03005000914 if you see someone sleeping rough. For more information visit the Street Link website.