You’ll likely have heard of some of the news around homelessness in Wrexham.

The current use of the Groves is well-known, and we know that people want to do what they can to help out.

Some people have already set up collections of supplies, food and money to support the vulnerable people currently on the site.

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These people look hungry – can I give them food, supplies or money?

We completely understand and respect people’s drive to help out those in need.

After all, the service users and vulnerable people involved are human beings, and it’s only natural that people want to help.

But it is strongly advised that you not give food or money directly to those in need.

It might help them in the shorter term, but in the longer term, it means they have money to spend on drugs, which only locks them in to a dangerous and damaging habit – and nobody wants that.

And if they get money and food from members of the public, there’s no incentive for them to engage with agencies that can support them long-term.

Instead, consider giving what support you can to a charity which has the resources and expertise needed to help these individuals and tackle these problems in the long-term.

But I really want to help – isn’t there anything I can do?

Of course. Charities and similar organisations working in the area are always on the lookout for donors or volunteers, and will welcome support offered.

For more information on how you can really make a difference and to find out more about where support is needed, contact Ty Croeso, Grosvenor Road, Wrexham, LL11 1BT (Ty Croeso is run by The Wallich, a charity which supports the homeless in Wales).

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