UK Homelessness

Four Short Thoughts On Hosting Eritrean Refugees In Our Home

Lauren Medlicott | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Parents
Lauren Medlicott

I find it funny that I spend so much time researching how to get my baby to sleep through the night (or even more than one hour at a time), how to entertain my bored toddler, how to get them to eat more than bread and cheese, and how to stop breastfeeding. But so much of my parenting expectations are set by society.

Oxford Councillor's Homelessness Jibes Are Indicative of the City's Widespread Attitude Problem

Camilla Barker | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Camilla Barker

Anyway... that's my 'disgraceful' pal Jack and that's what he taught me. Maybe he is someone to think about the next time we pretend to receive a call just as we walk past someone on the street, the next time we've 'spent all of our change on the bus', or the next time we elect to remain ignorant of the important role we all have to play in true and meaningful social change.

One In Ten Parents Say 'Broken' Rental Market Harms Their Children

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Politics

One in ten parents say stressful house moves caused by the UK’s insecure housing market harm their children, according to research by charity Shelte...

'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...

When Dreams Are Supplanted By Nightmares, Health Flies Out The Window

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Rob Atkinson

I read a thoughtful and persuasive article the other day, headlined "Nobody dreams of being homeless". It was about aspiration versus reality; the thi...

Currys PC World Apologises For Sign Informing ‘Tramps’ To ‘Start Looking For A Job’

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK

Electronics giant Currys PC World has apologised after a sign appeared at one of its stores, warning “tramps” to stop searching through its bins. ...

'Anti-Homeless' Spikes Removed After Mum Enlists Help Of Sons To Cover Them With Cushions

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Parents

A mum enlisted the help of her sons to place cushions over spikes erected to deter homeless people resting outside a building in a city centre. A phot...

Simply Opening Up Empty Buildings For The Homeless In Glasgow Will Not Do The Issue Justice

Harry Vizor | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Vizor

It only takes a short walk around Glasgow to see that homelessness is a serious issue in the city. While a 38 Degrees online petition to open the doors of empty buildings to homeless people is a good start, it is a drop in the ocean compared to what is really needed.

A Woman's Ability To Get Help Should Not Depend On Where She Lives

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

Specialist women's centres are a vital resource for women often when they are at their most vulnerable and most in need of support. It is possible to realise lasting positive change for the thousands of women experiencing multiple disadvantage. But that can only happen if the existing organisations, those already providing holistic women-centred services, are able to survive.

The National Scandal Of Rising Rough Sleeping Shows The Need For A Labour Government

John Healey | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics
John Healey

The Conservatives have no-one to blame for their record on homelessness but themselves. To turn the tide and end the national scandal of rough sleeping, will once again take a Labour government. After seven years of failure, Ministers are set to relaunch their housing policy with a new white paper. Ending the scandal of homelessness must be at the heart of it.

Street Homelessness Soars To Six-Year High As Tory Cuts Blamed

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics

The number of people sleeping on Britain’s streets has increased to a six-year high, new official statistics have revealed. Ministers were accused o...

Changing Lives One Song At A Time: How Singing Helps The Choir With No Name's Homeless Choirs

Rachel Clare | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Clare

It is well documented that the act of singing brings with it a whole raft of benefits to health and wellbeing, and singing in a choir has even more to offer participants. It is one of the most effective ways to form social bonds and is undeniably one of the most enjoyable and uplifting group activities you can do

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.

Homeless Woman Becomes Top Model After Being Scouted On The Street

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Style

A top model, who went from homelessness to a career in the fashion industry, is sharing her incredible success story in a feature film. Lorna Tucker, ...

6 Simple Ways You Can Help Homeless People Survive Treacherously Cold Conditions

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK

As the weather gets colder, things become more and more dangerous for people who have to sleep rough. Plummeting temperatures, wind, rain and even sno...

This Is A Brilliantly Simple Yet Effective Way To Help Homeless People As Winter Weather Sets In

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK

As temperatures plummet and the UK braces for snow and stormy weather, one woman has set up a brilliant way of helping those most in need this winter....

Empathy: What Our Dysfunctional World Needs

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adnan Al-Daini

It is argued that empathy cannot be taught but could happen through our positive non-judgemental interaction with others. We need to listen and to imagine what it is like to be the other. It is always easier to interact with others if they belong to our group, and hence it is easy to empathise with them as they experience sufferings and hardships through life.

Debenhams Apologises After Guard 'Soaks Homeless Man's Bed On Boxing Day'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK

A security guard told a homeless man “Enjoy your water bed”, after his clothes and bedding were soaked as he slept outside a department store entr...

Homeless People Reveal Their One Wish For Christmas - This Is How You Can Help Them

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK

This Christmas more than 250,000 people will be sleeping rough on the streets of England. “It’s not through choice I’m out here,” 40-year-old...

A Stoll Christmas - Preventing Homelessness For Veterans

Ed Tytherleigh | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ed Tytherleigh

Not everyone can come together for Christmas. Many Veterans will be connecting with friends and family online. Stoll runs Skype and IT courses to help Veterans learn new skills and to help people stay in touch with others.

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.

Giving Back - Bags Of Kindness

Nova Reid | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nova Reid

To me this project is about reminding each other that homelessness could happen to any of us and more importantly that they are human beings first. I cannot imagine the strength and resilience it would take to survive on the street, so to do one small bit to make someone feel cared for, supported and encouraged to keep going, means something.