Stories

A New study investigates why homeless dog owners are choosing to sleep rough rather than be parted from their pets

By Jenny Stravisky from Vets in the Community in Nottingham Published in Anthrozoos, the research was an interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of Nottingham and The University of Southampton, and funded by Dogs Trust. Louise Scanlon, one of the lead researchers on the project, interviewed twenty homeless or vulnerably housed dog owners, aged between 23-65, […]

2020 The year for Big Difference

Sanjay Mall has been nominated for the Police and Crime Commissioner Volunteer of the year in the South for his work with the homeless in Southampton. Sanjay has worked with the Big Breakfast at Above Bar Church for 12 years and this year set up the Big Difference to provide meals for the homeless. The […]

Somewhere to call Home

Matt Nelson is the newest edition to the It Takes a City team. He joins with a wealth of experience in community engagement and project coordination as well as having been homeless when he was younger. In this article, Matt shares his past and present experiences with the aim for our readers to get to […]

Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts provide 250,000 meals to Edinburgh’s vulnerable residents

Leith-based Community Interest Company, Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts has provided over 250,000 fresh, healthy meals to people in Edinburgh during the Covid-19 pandemic. Founded in April as a direct response to the coronavirus crisis, Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts provides safe access to healthy food for local residents who would otherwise go hungry. They rescue surplus […]

Roadside Mum

Can we talk for a minute about how you don’t think you know any Travellers, or Gypsies please? I think you do. I think I know why you don’t realise you do.  First let’s talk about the press we get. Almost without exception, the press sell fear. Attention grabbing, emotionally inflaming horror stories engage and […]

Will’s Story

When he was 16 years old, Will came to Nightstop seeking support after being left with no choice but to leave home. After a short period of staying with our volunteer hosts he was able to move into supported accommodation where he stayed for 2.5 years. Feeling confident and in control Will moved back to […]

YMCA Reading – Summertime and Beyond

Reading YMCA provides 40 units of supported housing for 16 to 24 year olds referred by Reading Borough Council. The bedsits are modern and all are ensuite, 28 with kitchenettes and 12 with shared kitchens. Four of the units are reserved for young mother’s with babies. Guest blog by Arlene Kersley, YMCA Reading Chief Executive […]

Cambridge Street Aid – Alternative giving in Cambridge

Three years ago, two officers at Cambridge City Council had an idea: “…what if we could create an alternative to handing money directly to people living on the streets, and use the money raised to help people leave the streets behind…?” In November 2016, Cambridge Street Aid was born. The model is simple: Donate to […]