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Tackling homelessness: Every little bit of business expertise helps

Blog written by Sue Keogh, Director, Sookio Being based on Mill Road in Cambridge means every day we see up close the complex problems faced by so many people in the local community – mental health issues, addiction, rough sleeping – and we wanted to do something practical which would reach the people we saw every […]

Meeting a Bradford Nightstop Host

By Olivia Carter We had the pleasure of talking with Lesley from Nightstop, who has been a volunteer host for Nightstop for over fourteen years and has enjoyed her experiences. Who are Bradford Nightstop? Nightstop is a voluntary organisation that was formed twenty-seven-years ago in Leeds. Their aim is to provide overnight accommodation for young […]

‘Homelessness in Bradford: A City Conversation’ Information Event

In the new year, Bradford Council will launch its Homelessness Charter, joining cities such as Leeds and Manchester in mapping out their commitments to tackling the issue of homelessness and supporting those that find themselves homeless or sleeping rough. In order to promote the charter, and to make sure it’s something the whole city has […]

Cambridge 105 Radio Advert supporting Street Support Cambridge

Cambridge 105, a local community radio station, is a big fan of It Takes a City – a Cambridge Homelessness Partnership. The It Takes a City team and Neil Whiteside, a presenter at the station developed a radio advert which Cambridge 105 kindly produced and will air free of charge in the lead up to […]

What have we learnt through the Real Change campaigns about successful public responses to homelessness?

Written by Robbie Cowbury – Campaigns Manager, Riverside As is now well established, rough sleeping is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the current crisis. The latest ‘Homelessness Monitor’ published by Crisis suggests that the number of people who are ‘core homeless’ (that is, rough sleeping, sofa surfing, in hostels or other […]

Dark Peak Gear donates 1,000 jackets to help people who are homeless this winter.

In December 2018, Sheffield based clothing brand Dark Peak launched their new outerwear brand and first product – the NESSH Jacket – on Kickstarter, with the promise for every jacket sold Dark Peak would donate another jacket to a homeless person under their ‘One Sold, One Given’ pledge. Through that campaign and their website, over […]

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 […]