Homelessness First Weekend of Lent Contemplation prompts

Despite a rise in homelessness government funding to services that help individuals avoid homelessness has been cut by 45% in the last 6 years whereas young people sleeping rough has doubled.

Take time today to pray for homeless young people.

Saturday 4th March

Safe housing is the most effective short term solution, but funding limits availability.

How many homes have you lived in?, collect 5p for each.

Sunday 5th March

Given that the number of rough sleepers is rising, collect 5p for every hour of warm sleep, last night.

Monday 6th March

Hostels can be scary places for a young person. Yet sometimes these are the only options available.

Collect 50p if your bed felt safe last night.

Round up of 1st day of Lent 1st March

Amount collected total: 75p

I have collected 5p per possible homeless person I saw. Most were people sitting down as if someone is just wandering around how do you know whether they are homeless. Also did some of the people I saw at least have a hostel place for the night.

After I left work at about 5 I saw the following.

1.Sat on a step by the hole in the the road outside Waitrose I saw a man eating with a small rucksack and another bag. How do you judge whether someone is homeless or just sat in a random place to eat? For the purposes of this I will count this.

2. There was someone selling big issue outside Orchard square.

3. There was someone sitting with a sleeping bag outside Sainsbury’s on the moor.

4. There was someone sat with a mouth organ outside Sainsbury’s on the high street (near the cathedral).

5. Someone asked me for change on the Moor.

6. A manwith legs in sleeping bag next to Yorkshire bank cash machines on Castlegate.

7.There was a man Heavon nails just up from the British Heart Foundation shop that is opposite Debenhams.

About 7:

8. A man asleep half sat up in a sleeping bag outside British Heart Foundation shop on Arrundal gate, however he was not there when I walked past again about 9.15.

9 and 10 two men sitting separately on Division st.

11. Asked for change by one man walking down Division Street with a sleeping bag round his neck.

12. A man sat with legs laid out on a bench again did he have accommodation issues or was he just resting?

13. A lady sat in one of the tunnels of the hole in the road by Waitrose.

Coming out of the Lyceum about 9.15.

14. A man sat in Tudar square.

15. Asked for change by someone as left Tudar square.

First day of lent: 1st March 2017 Contemplating Homelessness

Over the last year I have become increasingly aware of those apparently living on the streets in Sheffield. An e-mail to Sheffield council confirmed my suspicions that there has over the last year been an increase in those sleeping rough.  Information on the DePaul website suggests the number of people sleeping rough has doubled since 2010.  From my communication with the council and a representative of DePaul charity, it seems precise numbers are difficult to pinpoint because some people drift in and out of accommodation.  Those in hostels may or may not be counted as homeless. Sheffield council estimate at any one time there is approximately 15 people sleeping on the streets rather than in hostels. Homeless is certainly a complex topic; over lent  which starts tomorrow 1st March. Iā€™m going to consider it further, following some daily prompts I have found on the DePaul website. This will involve collecting some money together.

Therefore on the first day of lent take note of how many people you see today who appear to be living on the streets. Collect 5p for each person you see.

 

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling
http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.


2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam

Booked.

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

Booked.

9. See Greenday

Booked

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

šŸ™‚ Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

Seen:

La La Land

Manchester by Sea

Lion

50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

Booked

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

35 before 35

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

http://isthatyoudarling.co.uk/tag/34-before-34/

1. Dye hair blue

2. Read a Stephen King book

3. Do a park run

4. Go to Amsterdam

5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan

9. See Greenday

10. Score a Turkey at bowling.

11. Watch love actually again

12. Watch love actually sequlae

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 

16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing