Entries by Jamie Leeming

Legal Highs – The Final Frontier

A new law comes into force this month aiming to ban all substances that have a psychoactive effect. But will it make any difference? Over the past ten years the government has struggled to keep up with the rapidly evolving “legal highs” market because these substances are synthetic and each time a new one hit […]

Jobs At Venus and Excel!

Venus have announced that they’re looking for a trainee Centre Worker post for their exciting project, Our Place – Sefton Care Leavers’ Centre, working with young people in care and care leavers in their transition to independence. The position is for a 15-month contract.  Closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 18th May 2016. […]

Stealing Food If You’re Hungry Is Not A Crime Says Judge

Italy’s highest court of appeal has overturned the conviction for shoplifting of a homeless man because “stealing small amounts of food to stave of hunger is not a crime” the judge ruled. Roman Ostriakov, a Ukrainian national, was living rough on the streets in the northern Italian city of Genoa in 2011 when he was […]

Bosco Walking Group Scale New Heights To Raise Money

The Bosco Walking Group is setting out on an epic journey to raise money for new gym equipment. The walk, scheduled for Friday 1st of July, will take the grueling path overlooking Derwent Water, in the Lake District, up to Cat Bells, along Maiden Moor and on to the peak of High Spy. It is […]

£13,000 Raised For Homeless Man – But He Hasn’t Seen A Penny!

Back in March, we highlighted the Good Samaritan actions of a homeless man who helped out a young woman stranded at Euston station (‘Homeless Man Rescues Damsel In Distress’, news 7.3.16). After the story went viral on social media, thousands of people were so moved by the story that they donated over £13,000 to get […]

Destitution In The UK

A damning new report reveals that, here in the UK in the 21st century, one and a quarter MILLION people each year can’t afford the basic essentials needed to eat, keep clean, and stay warm and dry. Around a third (400,000) had slept rough, begged or accessed a service intended to support complex needs such […]

In Liverpool Simple Things Can Mean A Lot

As part of the Liverpool Echo’s campaign to highlight the plight of the city’s homeless, they have listed six things all of us could do to help out. Call ‘No Second Night Out’. This brilliant initiative between Liverpool City Council and the Whitechapel Centre aims to ensure that no one has to sleep rough for […]

Councils Should Do More To Tackle Homelessness, Say Experts

With homelessness and rough sleeping in England on the rise – up 30% in a year to over 3,500 rough sleepers – campaigners are calling for a change in the law. At present, English councils only have to rehouse people faced with losing their homes who are judged to be “priority” cases. However, the single […]

Thousands Could Lose Their Homes In Benefit Shake Up

Recent changes in housing benefit paid to low earners means the gap between the support they need and what they will now get will mean families in almost a third of the country will be more than £100 a month short. Housing charity Shelter warns that more than 330,000 working families across the country could […]

Homelessness Highlighted In The Press This Week

The Liverpool Echo is running a series of articles on homelessness this week, starting with the plight of rough sleepers. The Echo report states that research shows rough sleeping has almost doubled across Liverpool in the last year. It goes on to say that many people walking through the city centre will have noticed the […]