Help our Homeless

Help Our Homeless - Ipswich

Who or What is Help Our Homeless?

We are a group of agencies that work in Ipswich helping those who are homeless or who are at the risk of being made homeless. We exist to try and address the issues that lead to people becoming homeless, as well as assisting those who are homeless in finding new accommodation.

Why are we here?

We want YOU to know all about the good work that is going on in Ipswich and to show you the best way to support someone who you might see sleeping rough or begging on the streets of Ipswich. We will use the money donated to help those in need and to fund projects in Ipswich that seek to Help Our Homeless.


What's the latest?

We will update this website to show you where your money has been spent and the difference it has made to the lives of the people who have benefited from it. So keep coming back to visit us!

Affiliated Organisations

Turning Point
Ipswich Housing Action Group
Selig Logo
Suffolk Constabulary

The Homeless in Ipswich

Despite the ongoing generosity by YOU the people in Ipswich giving directly to people on the street:
  • Ipswich has a large number of people rough sleeping
  • Ipswich has a large number of people begging
  • This is not changing
So why is this? Unless people on the street have the support of the agencies the money that they get given doesn’t help them make the changes that they need to make. Ask yourself these questions.
  • Do I see the same faces rough sleeping in Ipswich ?
  • Is the same person asking me for money day after day on my way to work or when I am shopping in the town?
If the answer is YES, this means your change doesn’t bring about their change. Help us to help them through the support given to our agencies. We want to change lives through this project. So look for the Orange Logo and give generously at one of our Help Points. Remember….. The homeless in Ipswich need help. Don’t make them beg for it.
Help the Homeless Launch

How has your money been spent?

Help Our Homeless has received requests for funds that have been raised due to the generosity the people of Ipswich.

We have already responded to individual requests for financial support from funds received via the Help Our Homeless Campaign.


HOH paid 50% of Bed and Breakfast costs to support an individual who had to be hospitalised for surgery.  There was a bed available at a local hostel but this would not be ready in time and so HOH bridged the gap and was able to provide funding for temporary accommodation so this individual could access the hospital. Surgery would not have been possible if housing had not been available.


The Steering Group members worked together to fill 14 rucksacks with necessary items for our clients - toiletries, socks, underwear, gloves etc. These items were kindly donated by the people of Ipswich, for the people of Ipswich who are homeless. The rucksacks were handed out at the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter and guests at Cavendish lodge.


A Polish national was unable to find a job due to an expired passport.  HOH paid half of his train fare to London, and other agencies contributed towards the balance, and the cost of the passport.




HOH purchased suitable clothing for a street homeless individual who attended hospital in London.  A dressing gown, pyjamas, slippers and toiletries were purchased together with a rucksack for carrying the goods.


A young person presented at a local agency needing respite from rough sleeping (prior to a Mental Health Assessment). HOH was able to match fund B&B costs for the weekend until further funding could be obtained from the Rough Sleeper Initiative which allowed another 3 nights in temporary accommodation until alternative housing options could be explored.


A family has been hoarding things for around 2 years - this includes old clothes, empty packaging and old toys.  They started hoarding because one of the children could not cope with anything being thrown away due to a mental health illness.  Now the family is accessing mental health support services and feel they are able to start clearing their house.  By identifying and successfully applying for funding for the skip’s permit (to prevent eviction)  you have contributed to the family improving their well-being and progressing towards their agreed objectives and a reduction on the demand being placed on various support services. The skip will require a permit from Suffolk County Council due it having to be placed on the roadside adjacent to the house.

Upcoming Events

Campaign Event

Two charities working together: Friends of Ipswich County Library and Help Our Homeless

Marion Harvey, wearing her hat as Trustee of The Friends of Ipswich County Library, presented Susie Mills, Manager of the Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership with a cheque to the value of £250 for the Help Our Homeless Initiative. The money was raised at the annual Christmas Quiz on 29 November 2017.  Susie says “A huge thank you to all the friends at The Central Library for their generous giving and support.  Remember it is OK to say NO to begging. 

If you want to help the homeless in Ipswich, Give where you see the HOH logo or donate on the website.  Any money raised is spent on the Homeless of Ipswich and NOT promotional material”. 

Help Points

We have a network of help points around Ipswich where you can give any donations to the project. They are listed below, and also shown on the map on the right.

  • Emmaus - Sailmakers
  • Emmaus - Dale Road
  • Java Store - Sailmakers
  • Ipswich Building Society - Sailmakers
  • Heroes - The Walk
  • Bromley & Co - The Walk
  • Ohh Deer - The Walk
  • Fish Face - The Walk
  • Fat Face - Buttermarket
  • Patisserie Valerie
  • Designer Hair Studio
  • Isaacs
  • Briarbank
  • F Hinds - The Walk
  • Jack Wills
  • Proctors - The Walk
  • Turning Point - Museum Street
  • Waterstones - Buttermarket
  • Ipswich County Library -  Northgate Street
  • Tesco Express - Duke Street
  • Halifax - Buttermarket
  • PureGym - Buttermarket
  • Coast to Coast - Buttermarket
  • Broomhill Library - Sherrington Road
  • Maplin - Carr Street
  • Sainsbury's - Upper Brook Street
  • MColls, Sailmakers
  • The Waterfront Bar Bistro

Press Coverage



  • Ipswich Star covered the our launch of the project. Click here to read about it.
  • We recently had a feature on ITV News about our project. Click here to read about it and see the video.
  • Campaign urges Ipswich public to 'put your spare cash where it counts'.   Click here to read the Ipswich Star article.

Donating & Contacting Us


Payment can be made via BACS:

Account Number:  0000 4000

Sort Code:  23 44 48

MUST PUT REFERENCE:  800 109 714

 Please visit a Help Point listed above to donate to our project. For any other enquiries, please contact Susie on

Councillor Julian Gibbs joins Help Our Homeless team to promote the campaign

Councillor Julian Gibbs joins Help Our Homeless team to promote the campaign.

Street Link