November 2019

Do we need to rethink addiction?

We wanted to share two videos on addiction. The first we found so simple and clear. The second, simple again, yet moving. Addiction specialist and author Gabor Maté says dealing with past trauma may be the key to breaking addiction. He says: “Addiction is not a choice anybody makes, it’s a response to emotional pain.” […]

Volunteering Befriending Scheme

Written by Dave Paterson, Unity in Poverty Action (UPA) Leeds is developing a Volunteering Befriending scheme with the primary aim of mobilising significantly more volunteers into supporting the homeless community when they are rehoused or are at risk of leaving their tenancy. At a recent Homeless Charter meeting, someone who had experienced homelessness spoke of […]

Severe Weather Emergency Protocol in Reading

As we head towards the winter months, councils across the country are getting ready for any severe weather spells. Housing and homelessness departments have been busy revising their arrangements for Severe Weather Emergency Protocol, known for short as SWEP, to ensure their readiness for the colder months. Under this humanitarian response, when temperatures of 0°or […]