Entries by Jamie Leeming

A Lord Comes To Bosco House

Bosco House was buzzing with excitement at the prospect of a real-life Lord paying a visit this month. As part of the Well Sefton scheme, Lord Andrew Mawson called in to spend some time talking to service users to get the low-down on life in Bosco. The focus of his visit was to find out […]

“One person without a home is one too many” Says Minister

The minister for local government (whose portfolio covers homelessness) Marcus Jones MP, spoke at the Homeless Link conference ‘Stem the Tide’ on Monday 7th December. He said: “I am delighted to be able to speak at today’s Homeless Link Conference. One person without a home is one too many, and our efforts over the past […]

Movie Star Launches Campaign To Feed The Homeless At Xmas

Hollywood superstar, George Clooney, has launched a campaign to feed the homeless at Christmas by donating the first £5. The appeal aims to feed thousands of homeless people in Scotland on Christmas Day and throughout 2016. The movie star actor, 54, was filmed donating £5 and urged other people to do the same. People can […]

New guidance on naloxone in homelessness services

Following recent changes in the law around the availability of naloxone, the lifesaving antidote for heroin and other opioid overdoses, Homeless Link has produced new guidance to help integrate this vital intervention into services for the homeless. The guidance has been produced in response to concerns around rising numbers of heroin-related deaths nationally – up […]

Immigration status checks could increase homelessness, say charities

The government has recently announced that it will push ahead with plans to force landlords to check the immigration status of renters, following a Home Office evaluation of a pilot scheme in Birmingham. The evaluation showed that six of the local charities surveyed said people they represent had become homeless as a result of the […]

Superstar Helps Houston Homeless

The superstar singer, Beyonce, is putting her money where her mouth is to help homeless people in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Earlier this year she donated half a million dollars to Chime for Change, a global campaign that was created to help strengthen and unite the voices of young women around the world by […]

Venus Has Christmas All Wrapped Up!

As the festive season is fast approaching, there are loads of Christmassy things going on at Venus, Our Place, and their project in Halton. The Venus Children’s Christmas Party is being held on Tuesday the 22nd of December, from 1.30-3.30pm. The party is for families who have received support from Venus in the last year. If […]

Clarification On The Latest Spending Review

According to Homeless Link, a number of agencies have contacted them since the Spending Review announcement on the 25th of November, asking for more information on the proposed restriction of social housing rates of Housing Benefit to Local Housing Allowance levels and whether this applies to hostels and supported housing. There are three key things […]

Rough Sleepers Driven Away By Bagpipes

Homeless people in Bournemouth are being driven away by the ear-piercing sound of bagpipe music. The city centre travel interchange has adopted the sound as a deterrent to those wishing to sleep there. More than a dozen homeless men and women used to congregate by the station’s restrooms in the Dorset bus station, according to […]

The Town That Eliminated Homelessness

In 2009, the city of Medicine Hat, in southern Alberta, Canada, pledged to put an end to homelessness. Now city officials say they’ve fulfilled their promise. The answer seems simple: if you’ve got no place to go, they’ll provide you with housing. Nowadays, under a programme called Housing First, no one in the city spends more than ten days […]