Rick Henderson
Rick Henderson is the Chief Executive of Homeless Link, the umbrella body for homelessness charities. Rick joined in 2012, prior to this he was Chief Executive of Action for Advocacy, an organisation that he founded and which is the national leading authority on the development of effective advocacy services for vulnerable and disempowered people. With over 20 years’ experience gained at a senior level within the voluntary and community sectors, Rick has also published widely on advocacy matters and operated as a national policy advisor.

Entries by Rick Henderson

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

(3) Comments | Posted 18 December 2014 | (23:00)

Have you ever walked past someone sleeping rough, wanted to help, but been confused about the best thing to do? In a recent poll, more than half of people told us this was the case.

It's easy to understand why this is so. Should you give food? A hot...

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Stop Youth Homelessness Before It Starts

(0) Comments | Posted 17 November 2014 | (12:11)

New research reveals over half of those seeking help with homelessness are now aged under-25 but does it have to be this way?

Hannah's story is all too familiar to those who work in homeless services. She was just ten years old when her dad died. This tragic...

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

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (00:00)

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?

In an ideal world, the answer would be 'yes'. However, the major...

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A Fair Deal for the Young and Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2014 | (23:00)

Boom times are here again, according to the headline in one newspaper. But will everyone, especially our young and homeless, be able to take advantage of this potential economic bonanza?

Every year an estimated 80,000 young people face the prospect of not having a place to call...

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Help Leave Nobody Out in the Cold This Winter

(0) Comments | Posted 10 December 2013 | (16:31)

Imagine that tonight you didn't have a home to go to and were forced to sleep rough. It's a pretty terrible proposition. But imagine having to battle the cold winter weather at the same time. Sadly, this is the reality for all too many people in this country.

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Homelessness Is More Common Than You Might Think - So Why Is Support Shrinking?

(2) Comments | Posted 24 October 2013 | (00:00)

How common is homelessness? I'm sure you've all seen the reports of rising numbers of homeless households and rough sleepers. But what's behind the headlines?

Homeless Link recently commissioned a poll which showed that almost a third (32%) of people have experienced homelessness or know someone who...

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Helping Everyone In

(1) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (23:00)

Recent reports of about the deaths of homeless people highlight the fact that on any one night in England there are estimated to be over 2,000 people sleeping on our streets. Sleeping rough, especially in the cold winter, can damage your health and is dangerous. We all know this is...

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