Sheffield is covered in a blanket of snow, yet the last two evenings when I have been out, I ha e seen many on the streets with sleeping bags.
Last lent, I wrote promos about homelessness. I spotted a sign offering help in window of Syd and Mallory on Division street.
Last year during lent I shared prompts about homelessness. The following website gives advice about how to help people who are homeless in Sheffield.
From tomorrow I will be sharing Lent prompts about dementia.
In September all the knights will be auctioned off to raise money for a homeless charity in Lincoln; Normad Trust. The Norma’s trust will use it to buy emergency accommodation.
The Normad trust has sponsored a knight called ‘Not all stories are black and white”, which is something I learnt from my daily lent contemplation posts on Homelessness.
Instead of going for grey for their, not black and white elephant; it is brightly coloured. There are some great thought provoking messages on the back of the knight.
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.