UK Homelessness

The Life-Changing Power of a Smile

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

I rearranged my scarf to cover my nose; pulled my fingers out of my gloves and curled them into my palms, making a fist. "It's's freezin...

Some 'Tampon Tax' Funding Must Help the Most Excluded Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.

Kind-Hearted Commuter Gives Homeless Woman The Shoes She Is Wearing

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A commuter has been heralded as a good Samaritan after giving a homeless woman the shoes off her feet while waiting for a train. Kay Brown, 26, was...

It's Okay Not to Be Okay

Mick Finnegan | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Mick Finnegan

I didn't realise I had a mental health before 2009. This was probably one of the hardest of times of my life. I hit a crisis when there was a death in the family and I simply didn't know how to cope. I broke down crying. I was angry and upset and I didn't know how to deal with how I felt. I just knew that I wanted to escape those feelings. The hurt. The anger. The loss. The pain.

How Coffee Is Helping Once Homeless People Get Back On Their Feet

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK

A new coffee brand, styled on the The Big Issue magazine, is set to help once homeless people get started on a new career. Change Please coffee wil...

People Are Tying Coats Around Lamp Posts For Homeless People

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If you see a coat tied around a lamp post while you're out and about this winter, it's likely to have been put there for a very good cause. People ...

Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

Bagpipes Are Being Used To Drive Homeless People Away From Bournemouth

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK

Homeless people in Bournemouth are being driven away by the ear-piercing sound of bagpipe music. The city centre travel interchange has adopted the...

This Video Captures Police Officer Displaying A Wonderful Random Act Of Kindness

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK

A police officer has been rewarded with internet fame after his touching random act of kindness was caught on video. Kenya Joyner, of the Delaware...

What CRACK + CIDER Taught Us About Homelessness

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

Every single day we walk past a handful of London's 7,000+ people who sleep on our streets. Our homeless neighbours. Yet every day, although we may feel sympathy, we keep walking. We look the other way. For something so impossible to ignore we are doing a brilliant, and terrible, job of ignoring it.

Sarah Ann Harris

How 'Crack And Cider' Are Helping Homeless People This Winter | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK

“People don’t give me money because they just think I’ll spend it on crack and cider.” That's what one rough sleeper told Charley Cramer an...

Morrisons Just Announced An Incredible New Unwanted Food Initiative For Charity

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK

Morrisons has announced it will donate all of its unwanted food to charity rather than throw it in the bin. We're rolling our food waste initiative...

Homelessness Could Be 'Almost Eradicated' Thanks To A Ridiculously Simple Idea

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK

Sam Tsemberis started a revolution when he realised we’ve been dealing with the problem of homelessness completely backwards. The US-based psycho...

Jilted Bride Turns Heartbreak Into A Wedding Feast For The Homeless

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A jilted bride saw past her heartbreak and threw her planned wedding feast for the benefit of her local homeless community instead. Quinn Duane, 2...

Manchester United Legends Gary Neville And Ryan Giggs Just Did Something Remarkable For Homeless People

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Sport

Former Manchester United players Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have joined forces to develop a city centre building into a boutique hotel. But befor...

Homeless Children - The True Cost of the UK's Economic Crisis

Fiona Smith | Posted 18.10.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

There are currently almost 100,000 homeless children in the UK and the numbers are at a six year high. Hidden away in temporary accommodation that risks their physical, mental and emotional health, these children represent the true cost of the country's economic crisis.

Moving Photos Show Just How Much These Dogs Mean To Their Homeless Owners

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK

Thousands of homeless people are living on Britain's streets, many of whom are accompanied by dogs. This companionship means a huge amount to both ...

Homeless Woman 'Dead For 7 Hours In McDonald's' As Diners Ate Around Her

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK

A homeless woman, thought to have been dead for hours, has been found slumped at a table in a Hong Kong branch of McDonald’s. The unnamed woman,...

Man Evicted From His Own Car By Side Of A9 Road After Living There For Three Years

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK

A man who has lived in his car at the side of the A9 in Scotland for over three years has been evicted. Charles Ingram, 70, took up residence in hi...

Jeremy Corbyn: Putting Homelessness on the Agenda

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

I wonder if the folks in the shelter would continue to shrug if I asked them if there was any hope on the horizon. I wonder if they, like me, finally see a source of optimism in Jeremy Corbyn.

Animal Rights Group Snatch Dog From Homeless Man In Heartbreaking Video

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK

A French animal rights group has stolen a homeless man's dog in scenes caught on devastating footage. Both the canine and the man can be heard wail...

Here Are The Real Reasons Behind Why 83,000 Young People Are Made Homeless Every Year

The Huffington Post UK | Naina Bhardwaj | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education

This September, more than 400,000 young people will be leaving home to begin further or higher education or their career - but not every young person ...

Refugee Crisis: Kindness or Tear Gas - You Decide

Jacqueline Ward | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Jacqueline Ward

Globally, we said that we would never let displaced people be herded around Europe on trains, their faces pressed against razor wire and high fences. That we'd never again hurt people who, for whatever reason, had been marked as 'other'. On an individual level many people now don't seem so sure.

Democracy in Action? Perish the Thought

Darren Hall | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Politics
Darren Hall

Irrespective of whether there is a direct causal link to policy changes in the UK, evidence of homelessness would seem to indicate there is a growing problem. By evidence I mean I can see it with my own eyes. There are many more sleeping rough in Bristol this year than last.

Is Home Really Where the Heart Is Now That Cameron's Finally Found His?

Paul Marshall | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Marshall

Suddenly we've all got a conscience. Or as frequently happens in situations when humanitarian disasters occur, we've just developed an acute sense of ...