In the UK, more than 320,000 people (equivalent to the population of Newcastle) are now sleeping rough. That’s a 134% increase since 2010 (Shelter, 2018).
According to the Welsh Government there is an estimated 347 rough sleepers in Wales – 33 in Swansea for 2018-19. This does not include the number of people in hostels, temporary accommodation, B&Bs, sofa surfing – all of whom are also ‘homeless’.
Swansea is one of the top 10 areas of drug related deaths in the whole of the UK (South Wales Police, 2019).
Men are far less likely to access help for their mental health, even though 25% of men are living with a mental illness. 75% of all suicides are male and 84 men a week take their own life (Infinity Initiatives FC).
Food parcels given out have increased 23% since last year, and more than 820,000 emergency parcels have been given out in the last six months (Trussell Trust, September 2019). This is without considering parcels distributed by the hundreds of Independent Food Banks.