Entries by Jamie Leeming

‘Perfect Storm’ Puts Liverpool Rough Sleepers At Risk

Over the past 18 months, something remarkable happened in cities like Liverpool, writes Liam Thorp for the Liverpool Echo. For a sustained period, when walking around the city centre, you would struggle to see anyone sleeping rough. No sleeping bags, hardly any makeshift beds. The pandemic spread untold pain and misery in cities like this […]

Higher Rates of Homelessness Amongst Young Black People

Youth homeless in the UK has increased by an estimated two-fifths in five years, rising to more than 120,000, a leading charity director has warned, as fresh analysis suggests that black households are likely to be disproportionally affected, reports the Guardian. Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, said […]

How Do You Explain Homelessness To A Child?

A little girl is on mission to make homeless people smile in Chester and Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo. Carly Davies, 25, had just picked up her six-year-old niece, Lia, from school last Monday (October 11) afternoon when the little girl made a surprise suggestion. Carly told the Echo: “She said that she saw somebody […]

Objections To New Homeless Centre In Manchester

Plans to open a shelter near Manchester’s Green Quarter offering homeless men support services and a pathway into living independently have encountered local opposition, reports the Manchester Evening News. MCR Property Group and the Manchester Homeless Partnership want to provide accommodation for 31 ‘low-risk’ individuals from vacant buildings north of the city centre on Lord […]

All Aboard The Bus!

London buses are being fitted out to help the homeless as winter looms, reports Sky News. The number of rough sleepers has risen over the past 18 months, with an estimated 130,000 households made homeless because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, two London buses have been fitted out to help the city’s thousands of homeless people […]

Liverpool To Benefit From Government Pledge To End Rough Sleeping

Liverpool will be one of the city’s involved in a pilot project aimed at ending rough sleeping by 2024, the Government has said. According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, the £16 million scheme is aimed at supporting homeless people after being discharged from hospital. The Government hopes it will reduce pressure on the NHS […]

Keep Everyone In For Good

Listening to Michael Gove’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference gave us the opportunity to understand how he views his new role as the Minister in charge of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. But worryingly, homelessness didn’t get a mention, writes Jenny Corbett, Policy Manager at Homeless Link. The 2021 Comprehensive Spending Review – scheduled […]

‘Spend Local’ Vouchers For The Homeless

Homeless people and asylum seekers in Northern Ireland will be able to apply for a £100 high street voucher through “trusted partners” this month, reports the BBC. Organisations helping the homeless community and people in temporary accommodation can apply on their behalf for a pre-paid card. The organisations will collect application details of individuals who […]

Shop Assistant Helps Homeless Man

An ASDA worker has been hailed as a hero after helping a homeless man outside a supermarket find a place to stay. The employee, called Debbie, was praised by her bosses for her response to the man in a desperate situation outside the South Yorkshire store she works in. Debbie has been showered with praise […]

Homeless Charity Gets Royal Approval

The Duke of Cambridge helped hand out gongs at the 40th birthday of homeless charity The Passage in Victoria, London. He was also reunited with two former homeless people who have found jobs thanks to the charity. And in a speech William fondly recalled the trips he made to The Passage with Princess Diana when he […]