UK Homeless

These Girls Invented A Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless With No Engineering Experience

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Tech

A group of teenage girls from Los Angeles have designed a solar-powered shelter to help tackle homelessness in their local community, after witnessing...

I Lived On Trains For Five Years

Corky Clubman | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK
Corky Clubman

When you feel encased in doom and gloom, you're unable to look out of the window to see what's on the horizon. Crisis is like the window, the light in the attic. Shining the light in the darkness. That is what Crisis is.

Idris Elba Lays Into Tory Benefit Cuts With Expletive-Ridden Speech During Skepta Gig

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK

Actor Idris Elba has attacked government cuts to housing benefits for 18-21-year-olds during an impassioned speech at a charity fundraising gig. The ...

My Visit To A Place Called Hope

Syed Kamall | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Politics
Syed Kamall

A few days ago I had the privilege of spending an afternoon at a place that was both informative and inspiring. Appropriately enough, they call it the Hope Centre.

Victimising The Homeless Should Be A Hate Crime

Nick Cartwright | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Cartwright

You don't need to have read news reports about the benefits cap, the withdrawal of housing benefit for younger claimants or how jobcentre staff are be...

How My Charity Works With People Sleeping Rough From Non UK Countries

Petra Salva | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Politics
Petra Salva

Working with migrants who are sleeping rough is challenging and complex work. We often get asked about the approach we take and the partners we work with, in particular what our relationship is with the Home Office in such cases.

When I Was Homeless I Would Use Dating Apps Just To Find A Bed To Sleep In

Josh Parker | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Josh Parker

I was forced to use dating apps like Grindr to find a place to stay. I was meeting up with complete strangers every night. You can find yourself in really scary situations, in which people try to take advantage of you. I tried to protect myself by arranging to meet in a public place first of all, to make sure it wasn't a hoax.

'We Are Facing A System In Denial': Hidden Homelessness In UK Is At Crisis Point

Seyi Obakin | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK
Seyi Obakin

Centrepoint's research shows that for each one of those young people we see on the streets, dozens more are sleeping on the sofas of extended family and friends and, in some cases, in the beds of strangers.

I Finally Found My Hero

Tom Cook | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK
Tom Cook

James Bond. Superman. Indiana Jones. When we think of heroes they invariably evoke machismo, dashing good looks and an eye for a dry quip. IRL however...

Cold Hearts Make Cold Feet

Seb Reilly | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK
Seb Reilly

There's something about the cold that I just love. Going outside in the frozen air, wrapped up in a thick coat and scarf and gloves; it's bracing yet refreshing. And then, of course, you get to go back inside where it is warm and cosy. Crank up the heating and cocoon within a solid building.

Solicitor To Homeless Supporter

Emma Rosen | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Rosen

I met Josh Taylor in an Afghan restaurant. We broke the ice over a 'couple's selection' of charcoal grilled meat, dhal and some obligatory naan. We share a passion for Central and South Asia, having met the year before in Kyrgyzstan, as you do.

Christmas Encounter With Other Brian

Will Lunn | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Will Lunn

I have no idea if Brian had mental health issues but latest studies show at least 80% of homeless people living on the streets of the UK suffer from s...

All It Takes Is One Crisis At Home And Anyone Could End Up Homeless

Kyle Walker | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Kyle Walker

You face many challenges: finding a place to sleep; finding food and money for essentials; keeping up with your education; fighting loneliness. One of the biggest challenges that I don't think people always realise is finding the strength to stay positive and keep a smile on your face, when you feel lonely and isolated, with no one to turn to.

Businesses Have A Responsibility To Help Those In Their Community

Jonathan Bunting | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Jonathan Bunting

Like many businesses, we have an ongoing commitment to give back to the community. This year, we felt that turning our attention to those most in need during the cold winter months was the right thing to do.

Christmas Tales From The Front Line

Laura Marshall | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Marshall

giving back.jpg Christmas is the season of giving, but what if we were to shift the focus from giving presents to giving time, support or even just a listening ear? What may seem like a small gesture to you could mean the world to somebody that's struggling, and surely that's what Christmas is actually all about.

How To Help The Homeless In London This Christmas

Charlotte Long | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Long

giving back.jpg Rough sleeping, as with homelessness in general, is a particular problem in London. According to the Combined Homelessness and Information Network (CHAIN) database 8,096 people slept rough at some point in London during 2015/16, an increase of 7% compared to 2014/15.

Volunteering With Crisis Is The Only Way I Want To Spend The Festive Season

Andy Smart | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andy Smart

giving back.jpgJoe was living rough. He'd lost his Dad earlier in the year, but having no money he had walked to Leeds to lay flowers on his fathers grave and then walked back to London, the round trip taking 6 weeks.

Did Cathy Come Home? Homelessness Revisited

Dave Clements | Posted 04.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

Across the political spectrum the homeless tend to be treated as passive recipients, whether of abuse or pity. While bad housing and welfare policy are creating more homelessness, it is often the critics of these policies that are creating homeless victims.

A Mental Health Crisis On Our Streets

Howard Sinclair | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Howard Sinclair

At St Mungo's we work to end homelessness and help people rebuild their lives. Across London and the south of England, we provide outreach support and accommodation where people can find the help they need to begin to build their futures in a positive way. We know that there is life after rough sleeping. We see every day that people can - and do - recover and move on from homelessness.

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

Overcoming Grief At Christmas

Julia Burness | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Burness

I am practically seconds away from putting up a tree. However it has actually taken a while for me to get back into the idea of Christmas since my father died and I am totally empathetic to anyone that has lost someone and is facing the daunting prospect of a nostalgic Christmas ahead. My dad used to enjoy this season so much that it is literally impossible not to think about and miss him.

Slipping Through the Cracks, Mental Health and Homelessness

Arthur Peirce | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I remember, where I used to live, there was a homeless man who slept at night in an alcove opposite a Tesco Metro. Once he stopped me, randomly, and s...

Why I'm Sleeping Rough This Month

Eduardo Goncalves | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK
Eduardo Goncalves

I feel a perverse gratitude to the guy who decided kicking in a homeless person was a legitimate sport. I was already scheduled to be interviewed by Angela Rippon on LBC's Breakfast Show the following morning. The kicking earned me an extra five minutes of live airtime to talk about the issues.

Homelessness In 2016

Chris Lambert | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Chris Lambert

When was the last time you walked past a person who is homeless? Today? Yesterday? Last week? Or maybe you walked past someone because you were invested in your smartphone or listening to music. Chances are you will encounter a person who is homeless in the near future.

Homelessness - Bricks And Mortar And More Besides

Dave Clements | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Dave Clements

The complexity of the homelessness problem is undeniable and its causes are multiple: families evicted from their homes into B&Bs, people falling foul...