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London Street Rescue

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London Street Rescue is a Greater London Authority and Mayor of London funded service helping rough sleepers off the streets and into accommodation.


Every night of the year, London Street Rescue are out and about across all London boroughs that don't have their own outreach team, acting as a safety net for some of society’s most vulnerable men and women.


Its teams of outreach workers and volunteers find and engage with rough sleepers in a bid to help them off the streets.


London Street Rescue provide practical assistance, including:

  • Help into emergency accommodation.

  • Help into hostel accommodation/private rented/The Clearing House/supported housing.

  • Help with ID and benefits.

  • Information and advice about support services.

  • Assistance with linking in with health services.


London Street Rescue helps people of all ages and with many different needs. These include people with poor mental or physical health and those with drug or alcohol problems.


Staff work with people who are not getting the services they need and are unlikely to seek help for themselves.


London Street Rescue’s actions can act as a catalyst for change in people’s lives. Getting rough sleepers into accommodation is often the first step towards them getting back on track and having a home of their own. 


London Street Rescue refuse to give up on people. Staff work with individuals for as long as it takes to help them move away from a street lifestyle, no matter how complex their needs.


People sleeping rough are very vulnerable to the dangers of the streets.


The actions of London Street Rescue can save lives.


If you would like to make an online referral please visit the StreetLink website.


London Street Rescue is funded by the GLA as part of the Mayor's programme to end rough sleeping in London.


Supported by the Mayor of London
The London Street Rescue poster

Volunteer with London Street Rescue

Volunteers are vital to the work of London Street Rescue – without them this life saving service simply could not run.


London Street Rescue volunteers come from all walks of life. Many contribute their volunteer time whilst also holding down jobs. Some work for the many companies that support Thames Reach. Others are former homeless people eager to give something back.


If you would like to volunteer with Thames Reach’s London Street Rescue service please complete the Volunteer expression of interest form below and email it to: Ashley.Nur@thamesreach.org.uk

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Street Link

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Street Link enables the public to alert local authorities in England about rough sleepers in their area.

This service offers the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

The service is funded by Government as part of their commitment to end rough sleeping.

You can call Street Link on:

0300 500 0914