I have become more aware of issues around homelessness but, still find it a complicated confusing subject. From the daily prompts I found on the charity DePaul’s website I collected £7.60 for example by collecting change to represent number of journeys taken in a day because some homeless people sleep in cars or on buses or counting conversations with family.
£7.60 is not enough to pay for one nights accommodation from DePaul as this costs £15. I will of course donate £15.
Although important to help those without homes I believe, it is even more important to try to prevent homelessness for example, by being aware of government policies such as reducing budgets for mental health issues or addiction which means people do not get the help they need and this can lead to homelessness.
Lent Contemplation: Saturday 15th April Prevention of Homelessness and Sucess Stories
Lent Contemplation: Friday 14th April
When the daily prompt was to reduce stigma I designed the below. I wanted to make point that people who become homeless are the same as others but may have been less lucky in life; losing parents or being in care then having to leave care as a child of 16years.
Overall best to prevent homelessness. Prevention of homelessness involves having facilities so without, stigma people can get help for mental health issues, drug use, relationship issues, bereavement, finicial issues etc before they lead to homelessness.
Prioritizing mental health
Why Mental Health Matters at Work – Depression in the Workplace
The story of Josh, who was able to save money to get a room by staying at Nightstop shows how asking for help can turn situations around.
Recently there has been tent cities in Sheffield in front of Park hill flats and on the roundabout in front of Ponds Forges.
Sheffield | Tent City
However, the council website suggests there is help available. I have learnt that it is not always straight forward to match the help available to where it is needed. Those who need help, are not always happy with what is offered.
More of what I have learnt.
Lent Contemplation: Monday 27th March what I have learned about homelessness
Depaul’s vision is of a society in which everyone has a place to call home.
It has to be rembered different people do have different ideas of home. Home is not necessarily a permanent structure some people prefer a more normadic life style.
St Vincent de Paul said “a doctor who keeps a person from becoming ill deserves more merit than one who cures him”.
Take time today to pray for change in the UK so fewer young people end up homeless.
I agree giving to hostels etc is treating symptom when also need to think what causes homeless in the first place.
- I twisted my ankle yesterday so wanted some ibuprofen in case there is some swelling to reduce. To save money I bought Wilkinson’s own brand rather than going into Boots to buy same thing for more. Not all young people may know if not living with parents that all ibuprofen is same drug but can be packaged differently, with singnificantly different prices
- to 7. Chose to back 3 horses each way at 50p each on the Grand National tomorrow.
8. Bought fish and chips.
8 decisions at 2p each is 16p.
Total among collected £7.60
One of DePaul’s values is to celebrate the potential in people.