30 November, 2005
I think it was Benjamin Franklin that said once humanity takes responsibility for humanity then we wont need laws of structure because we will have achieved utopia. Don't quote me on that as I am not sure but it sounds good doesn't it?
29 November, 2005
humanity means? We have lots of people in this world with compassion but I do believe now is the time to say enough is enough lets put our houses in order.
I guess I just want that ideal world.
28 November, 2005
Sometimes when I sit and talk to homeless people I am always reminded how lucky I am and that this was once me. The funny thing is that I am now asking homeless people what they think of the government's ideas on homelessness and about new technology. Usually the looks and answers I get to the last question about technology is a sort of alien from outerspace I'm going to kill you look and who the frig wants to know about frigging technology? I'm freezing and just about surviving answer.
This weekend for me has been one of those weekends. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was no longer a street person because I no longer have to worry about surviving the streets or being cold or where my next hot meal is coming from. I'm one of the norm. Whatever that means? So this week I thought I'd go in a kind of circle and find out what homeless people think of people in flats and we already know some of the answers. What people in hostels think of homeless people and people in flats as they seem to be the people that are now stuck in the middle so to speak and they have their own insight into what they want and how things should be. Then I want to interview someone who is in a new flat and what they now think of homeless people. I think that we shall get some suprising answers.
25 November, 2005
Surely we can't keep saying hostels.
Alone is how she spends her days.
Yet still she smiles.
When her feet are sore and bruised with walking miles.
For her Christmas it just comes and goes
But she remembers all its highs and lows
Any spare change the old man says
Sitting there in a drunken haze.
And as the sound of coins drop in his cup
He wishes all a Christmas cheer
As he sips another can of his ice-cold beer.
For him Christmas it just comes and goes
But he remembers all the highs and lows.
Happy Christmas is all the young man says
But in his eyes you see unhappy days
Christmas, long gone in his memory.
Yet still he can remember how it used to be.
For him its just a wish that this Christmas just comes and goes
Because with sadness he remembers its the highs and lows
Where is my child? Where is my son?
Can someone say just what we�ve done?
Please come home a mother�s says
A father tears
A high price they pay.
Yet Christmas is the time when hope is high.
And there�s never the question of why us why.
But Christmas is time every one prays
For simple happier days.
24 November, 2005
Has the government got any plan for getting people into shelter now we have the coldest spell for at least ten years approaching?
Click on comment or send me email. Now all that's left for me to do is wait to see if anyone replies
23 November, 2005
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17 November, 2005
Then for a few months or so we see a government initiative that seems to fizzle out. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh but ask any homeless person that has to sleep on the streets and they will tell you the same. People have said to me since I have been writing my blog that they don't have to sleep on the streets and I tell them that there is not enough hostel accommodation and when I tell them some of the people have to be seen living on the streets before they can be assessed. Which I find personally unacceptable. If someone comes to an agency asking for help. Then they should be helped. Not told to come back two or three times that month and then be told sorry no vacancies. We have addicts on the street simply because they are addicts and no one will take them in or there is not enough accommodation to house people with this problem. We have the mentally challenged or ones with personality disorders there are only a few hostels that take these people in. So when politicians start to talk using the words socially included they should say the most vulnerable in our society. It's funny but I prefer to call a homeless person for what they are homeless. Not senseless.
16 November, 2005
How many people that have disabilities that will prevent them from joining this technology drive and does the government have other strategies?
How much is this going to cost the tax payer? Because I do fear a backlash of people that are working saying they are now worse off on the technology front.
Is this what I am calling mission impossible because of the amount of money needed to implement the government plans? Or is this going to be one of the governments five point plans that only reach the third stage
TO THIS AND THIS
THIS IS THE PROGRESS SOME OF THE HOMELESS HAVE MADE SINCE COMING TO THE CRISIS SKYLIGHT CENTER. THEY NOW SELL THIER ARTS AND CRAFTS ON A FRIDAY IN SPITAFIELDS MARKET. THIS IS WHAT I CALL INTERGRATING PEOPLE BACK INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF SOCIETY AND GIVING THEM THE CHOICE ON HOW THEY WANT THEIR LIVES TO BE. THE FEELING THEY GOT WHEN SOMEONE BROUGHT SOMETHING THEY HAD MADE WAS GREAT ONE OF THEM SAID. IT WAS JUST SOMETHING I THREW TOGETHER SAID ANOTHER ONE. FUNNY I NEVER THOUGHT I WAS THAT GOOD SAID ANOTHER. SO BY THEM EMPOWERING THEMSELVES THEY HAVE NOW TAKEN THE FIRST STEPS. WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE MORE OF THIS AROUND THE COUNTRY.
If you look at what's happening in the world today the best way of being certain of contacting anyone is by email and with new technology you can use it like a phone and speak and see who you're talking to. This is the way most people stay in contact in today's modern world. The other thing I see is that new technology can be used to help someone get back into mainstream employment by teaching them how to use computers, build web sites, ect. The question is not are the government going to fund the equipment and installation. The question is. Are the government going to release funding for the socially excluded to receive the education needed?
After all to use a computer you need to know how.
15 November, 2005
14 November, 2005
The thing that did bother me though was that fact that there are some homeless people who are real alcoholics and no matter what, for them the cheap cans of cider or special brew or even the bottles of wine they get from off licenses will be drunk on the street because it's cheaper for them and no pub landlord will let them enter their premises. Will this lead to a rise in fines being handed out and will this increase the number of homeless going to court for non payment of fines and going to prison for non payment.
The fact that we are a nation of binge drinkers is not really supprising when most experts tell us drinking and anti social behavior are an over flow of rebellion from run down estates and where there are pockets of poverty. Maybe I am a little short sighted but I see longer hours as maybe a saving grace because young people tend to binge drink because they have only a short period of time to drink. So attempt to defy the human bodies tolerance to alcohol and we all know and have seen the results. So maybe 24hr hour drinking can attempt to remedy this. It's a just thought
12 November, 2005
Writing the blog is one of the things that I am most proud of. Going for job interviews is another. Having a circle of friends that don't judge me and I love the way I can write about anything I want and that people do understand me. I like giving homeless people a voice. Which they have never had and that's what my blog is all about. Listening to the people that matter. I smile because it does not take a genius to know that if you are trying to represent people. Then you have to listen. It's something this government should learn to do and not only listen but try to do what's asked instead of trying to guess what people want. I hear people say they wouldn't mind a penny more in tax and if that's what it takes to start to put things right for this country, then it should be done. I am not a great fan of new Labour and I don't like some of the ideas new Labour are coming up with like this kinder garden teaching thing. My own view is we should let children be children because they only get once chance at it. Well I am going to try and get some sleep but I thought I'd let you know what I was thinking about
11 November, 2005
10 November, 2005
Churches have been the main stay of this sort of help needed in winter. The fact that 35 or more homeless people are turned away each night and the other thing to note is that each shelter is at a different location every night should be saying something to the government.
As usual I am asking questions like should housing even for one night be left solely to charities and churches?
The government say they are committed to helping all members of society yet once again the most vulnerable are excluded from the help that is needed. Maybe and I do think this could be quite beneficial to all concerned that if the government were to reopen or reintroduce a severe weather shelter policy that they could infact get a good guide on how many people are actually sleeping rough. What part of the country they come from ect, I am now waiting for a reply from various sources as to what provisions are in place in cases of severe weather as I understand that severe weather is forecast by some just after Christmas.
09 November, 2005
08 November, 2005
Janet Haddington (head of Westminster councils rough sleeping team)
Colin clover (director of London connection at St Martins)
Stuart Freeman (director of chas central London)
John Deacon (the West London day center)
Westminster councils has become renown for some of it's policies so it was good to hear someone at last face the music so to speak and explain what the councils intentions where regarding rough sleepers.
On July 1st 2005 Westminster city council implemented there new rough sleepers intuitive based on their new provision called building based services(BBS) it is supposed to move away from the traditional street base out reach work to a new more efficient scheme. Outreach workers will now make assessments at a base rather than the streets and the council will have community officer giving out bits of paper to people they meet sleeping rough urging them to go to a day center to be assessed for housing. Providing the BBS will be,
Connections at St Martins
Thames Reach Bondway
The first point of contact will be the newly name safer street unit. (good name don't you think) the rough sleepers will be informed by one of these officials and they will sign post them to the nearest service. So on and so forth.
I thought this was a gimmick when I first heard about it and it does seem to me a bit over the top but as they say you shouldn't knock something unless you prove it doesn't' work but people can look at it in different ways especially people that live in the borough.
1. Is that the council are now spending more money on something new when the old system was working although at a slower pace.
2. There are people still sleeping rough in the borough that have been there for ages and it does seem that these are the people that the new scheme will leave behind.
3. Is this going to be another council thing that cannot be maintained.
When Janet haddington was asked about the people that could fall through the cracks so to speak because they have violent or personality disorders she used the words enforcement orders . We have many cases over the last few years of patents with disorders being put back into society and a tragedy has occurred. Are we saying just because they have a disorder we have to force them off the streets. When they already have had experts that put them back in to our society. My worry is that enforcement orders and asbo's will become common place and will be used to force people off the streets. I could go on and on but I want to put these views to other homeless people and write what they have to say. If we concentrate on things that are happening now we seem to have the old thing of out of sight and out of mind occurring as hostels get more over crowded and places become more scare. If you look on the streets of your city tonight has the number of rough sleepers risen. I would love to know because it has here.
05 November, 2005
So that's my next venture and my first candidate is going to be a young man called Simon I think. I mean it does say a voice battling for homeless people. So why not give them their own voice?
04 November, 2005
03 November, 2005
02 November, 2005
The youth today are bored and now have found other ways to occupy themselves, drugs, alcohol. They need money for these things and that's where crime comes in to the equation. Something I don't need at this minute. The best thing about this all I feel quite normal as I sip my second cup of fine blend coffee.