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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 […]

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 […]

Supervised Consumption Rooms in Manchester – A Proposal

Opinion piece by Mark Jepson – MHP Community Engagement Co-Ordinator “Bloody homeless addicts – displaying their sickness in public – what about the children?” “Let’s fine them, that’s a good idea, they’ve got no money, but we like to squeeze dem dry sponges, and if they can’t pay. we can have them put in prison, […]

Islington, London’s “Shock to the System”, A Community Response to our homelessness crisis through people’s experiences

To mark World Homeless Week and Homeless Sunday in Islington, London, grass-root organisation Streets Kitchen, amongst others, organised a special event at the iconic Union Chapel. The event ‘Shock to the System’ which received a great turnout, acted as the community response to Islington’s homelessness crisis through people’s experiences. The event was hosted and facilitated […]

Cambridge It Takes A City (ITAC) – Action Group Update

Written by Rachel Briant, working on behalf of It Takes A City In November 2018, It Takes A City (ITAC) the Cambridge Homelessness Summit was held where some 150 people from across the community gathered – business leaders, heads of colleges and schools, professional workers, local authorities, support agencies, faith leaders, and those who were […]