UK Homelessness

How Can You Help Those Sleeping on the Streets This Christmas?

Rick Henderson | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Rick Henderson

Research indicates that around half of those sleeping rough don't seek help before they end up on the streets, and many are simply unaware of the help that is available to them. This is not surprisingly really. Nobody plans to end up in that situation, and it often happens suddenly, the result of circumstances outside their control.

Prof. Kate Moss on the Impact of Welfare Cuts on Child Poverty and Homelessness

Nick Fouche | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

Not surprisingly, we are also seeing that the presence of responsible adults who are available to these young people and who represent reliable role models often give that added value upon which fresh ideas in prevention can then be built.

Homeless Man Tries To Steal A Person's Burger, How Do Customers React?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A video offering an insight into how people treat the homeless has emerged on YouTube. Conducted by Vlad Reiser and Daniel Norlin, the brains behin...

Meet The Homeless Bodybuilder Who Wants To Make His Family Proud

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Jacques Sayagh is homeless, but that hasn't stopped him from practicing one of his favourite hobbies. The 50-year-old Frenchman is an avid bodybuil...

Finding New Stories on the Street

Paul Young | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Young

As a filmmaker, I've always been curious to hear people's stories. Everybody has a story to tell and the first thing I often wonder when I meet someone is what theirs is. This was the case with Naomi, the young woman whose experience sleeping rough on the streets of London inspired the story for my latest film, A Horse Called Oz.

Sofa Surfing Is a Huge Problem for Our Young People - Now We Must Act

Paul Noblet | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Paul Noblet

How can you begin to tackle a problem that you know exists but about the scale of which there are no official figures? This is the problem facing charities and the government when it comes to supporting the thousands of under-25s who have sofa surfed over the past 12 months.

That Time a Homeless Guy's Death Was Noticed By An Entire Nation

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Scott De Buitléir

Jonathan Currie died on the streets, less than fifty feet away from Leinster House, the seat of Irish government. Whether or not he has become the catalyst so desperately needed in Ireland to tackle the taboo-like topic of homelessness in Ireland remains to be seen.

When Making It to 40 Is a Privilege

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Adebisi Alimi

We are kicking our kids out; we are turning our backs on them and rejecting the builders of the future mainly because we could not understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Homelessness creates a state of vulnerability for these young people and makes them easy prey for malicious adults.

Stop Youth Homelessness Before It Starts

Rick Henderson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We believe that schools and other agencies working with young people could play a key part in the prevention of homelessness. Education about the realities of being homeless, as well as early identification of young people most at risk could make a significant difference.

Sandy Has A Degree In Computer Science. He's Also Homeless. This Is His Story...

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Sandy. He's from Austin, Texas, he's homeless and he's about to show you exactly what it's like to live on the streets. Despite appearances, S...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

Homeless Man Plays Piano Beautifully, Teaches The World Not To Judge A Book By Its Cover

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If there's one thing to be learned from this video, it's to never judge a book by its cover. Ryan is from Edmonton, Canada. He wears tracksuits, ha...

These Students Have Designed A 'Sleepcoat' For The Homeless - Who They're Training Up As Entrepreneurs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A group of students have designed a sleepcoat for homeless people - and want to train up Londoners sleeping rough as entrepreneurs. Oli Slattery, p...

The Blight of Homelessness Must Be Addressed With a Dignified Approach

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Here in the UK, speaking with people who have had the unfortunate experience of being homeless has highlighted one major theme - being homeless has little to do with race, religion or education.

Sleeping Rough in the Age of Austerity

Tony Mckenna | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tony Mckenna

While the broader policy of economic hack and slash has created the conditions for a sharp increase in the level of homelessness, stigmatization of homeless people themselves effectively helps shift the focus from the political sphere...

Terrified Woman Hides Under Roof Ledge As Intruder Pursues Her

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK

This remarkable photograph shows the tense moments after a frightened young woman crawled out onto her roof to evade an intruder in her home. Wear...

Ireland: The Republic of Emigration and Internships

Aaron Vallely | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

It was Conor Cruise O'Brien who wrote that: "Irishness is not primarily a question of birth or blood or language ; it is the condition of being involv...

'Attention Seeking' German Students Cause Uproar After Using Fake Homeless Man In Video

The Huffington Post UK | Miriam Brown | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Those fierce internet critics have been at it again. The target this week: a group of German students who videoed themselves singing to a 'homeless' m...

Why I'm Giving Homeless People Books, Not Food

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Someone who has been sleeping rough for years might read a book that suddenly gives him or her an idea for a way out of the circumstances they're faced with. They might read about a situation somewhere in the world and find their new passion through it. Or they might even decide that the words they've read are so inspiring, they want to get back on their feet so they can inspire people in their own way.

This Man Can't Live Without His Daily Run. Here's Why...

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us go jogging to get fit - but this video tells the story of a man who goes running for an entirely different reason. Ronnie Goodman trains...

This Video Will Change The Way You Think About Homeless People

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Next time you pass a homeless person on the street, take a moment to think about where they might have come from. Because once upon a time the pers...

The Gratitude Apple

Sharon Bull | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

This is a true story and I am thrilled to share it with you, as not only is it significant in the telling of unconditional love, compassion and gratitude, but also in the synchronicities of life too.

'Home Is Where the Hurt Is' for Care Leavers at Risk of Homelessness

Javed Khan | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

The world can feel like a scary place for any young person striding out on their own for the first time. Thrust into a world of greatly increased responsibility, the transition to adulthood is a challenging time. For most young people there is a support network to help them through this period. They fall back on the support of their family and friends; they learn and adapt. However, for young people leaving the care system this support is sadly often limited or non-existent. All too frequently they are left to fend for themselves without the necessary skills or even a suitable place to live.

Politics Is for All, So Let's Make Sure Everyone's Vote Matters

Rick Henderson | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We'd all like to believe that we live in a democratic society in which the needs and opinions of everyone are considered, regardless of gender, age or social status. But is this actually reflected in our political system?

'Poor Brits Are Living More Like They're In The Ex-Soviet Bloc'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's poor are worse off than their neighbours and suffering the same sort of living standards seen in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, stark new ana...