Sofa surfing carries some of the same risks as rough sleeping. The difference is that you are not as visible, so if things are going wrong when you are sofa surfing it’s not as obvious.
Use these tips to try and keep yourself as safe as possible:
- Always try and stay with people you trust and know, don’t be convinced that the ‘friend of a friend’ is ok because someone else told you.
- Never live somewhere where you don’t know the people you’re staying with.
- Always tell someone where you are.
- Keep a list of emergency contacts with you.
- Never take risks. If you are unsure or feel unsafe leave, contact the police if you think you are in danger.
- Try to re-build relationships with your family, there are services that can help you with this.
- Visit a day centre during the day. You can get support, use their washing and laundry facilities.
- Try not to give into peer pressure. It is difficult to not ‘join’ in when staying at someone’s house and you are eager to please.
Visit your local council offices as soon as you can to get some advice. You can find your nearest council office by going onto get-support/find-local-services