Mother’s Day 2018: On the Streets

Mother’s day can be a tough and challenging time for people living on our streets. Many don’t have contact with their mothers and some are even mums themselves, yet won’t be seeing their son or daughter today.

Many of the homeless people and rough sleepers will be sat, stood or walking around the vicinity they live in seeing families going about their days in a lively and happy mood. Making the day bring as much attention as possible to the mother of the family.

Seeing this can be emotionally and mentally difficult.

However, our chair and founder, Bev, is always there for anyone living on the streets of Portsmouth. She is often known as ‘the mother of the streets’.

Bev received a mother’s day card and gift from all the guys out on the street this evening.

She has a very unique approach when we are out on outreach and a lot of the people we see do see Bev as a mother figure.

When they feel down, Bev is there to pick them up. When they’re having a tough time and need an ear or a shoulder, Bev is there for them.

The whole team were set back by the gesture in all honesty, these guys have very little yet contribute to get ‘mum of the streets’ a card and gift on Mother’s Day.

From all of the people living on the streets Bev, Happy Mother’s Day!

(permission was sought for the photograph to be taken and put on our website.)


Some of you maybe aware that on the 1st February it was #TimeToTalk day. An intitative set up by the organisation Time to Change.

The day that has been established to encourage people to talk about mental health and recognise it’s okay to not be okay. Breaking down stigma around mental health.

Many people whose home is on our streets suffer from a wide variety of mental health issues. Yet they can sometimes not speak to anyone for several days at a time. Living in an isolated world, which rough sleeping can be, is very challenging.

So, what can you do to help?

Maybe when you’re in town or down the High Street, or on your lunch break today, or over the weekend, maybe stop by a homeless friend and see how they’re doing. Just asking a simple question like “how you doing pal?” could really make someone’s day.

Helping Hands Portsmouth pride themselves on the values of treating each individual, we reach out to and support, with compassion, dignity and respect.