We asked Stacey Dooley to share her best pieces advice for those wondering how to help the homeless in the coldest months of the year. This is what she had to say.
Stacey Dooley is a multi-talented woman. She took on Strictly Come Dancing, aka the biggest dance show on British television, and absolutely smashed it out the park. She wowed the entire Stylist team when she became the perfect embodiment of cosiness for our special Cosy Issue. And she also happens to be an incredible documentary-maker, making a point of exposing some of the most intriguing, thought-provoking and concerning issues in our society.
Something that Dooley is particularly passionate about, and has covered in programmes such as the BBC’S The Young and Homeless, is the dangers faced by the homeless. So, with so many conflicting articles on how to best help the homelessness this winter, we spoke to Dooley about what she thinks everyone should do to help improve the lives of those sleeping rough.
1. Have a conversation
“Don’t underestimate what a conversation can do for them. Often they’ll tell me that they feel totally ignored and that they don’t feel part of our society.”
2. Donate what you’re not using
“Gloves, scarves, hats, sleeping bags - they’re a huge thing. Sometimes I’ll speak to the people on the streets and they’ll say that in the shelters the beds are so limited, so they need those tents and sleeping bags.”
3. Give your time
“If you’re in a position to do so, you can always donate your time or resources. There are so many amazing charities and NGOS that need your support, so please if you can, help.”
Watch the full video above and hear about how you can help the homeless community this winter.