Lent Conclusion Easter Sunday 2017

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

Homelessness research

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.

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Lent Contemplation. Friday 7th April: Finicial Decisions made today

  1. I twisted my ankle yesterday so wanted some ibuprofen in case there is some swelling to reduce. To save money I bought Wilkinson’s own brand rather than going into Boots to buy same thing for more. Not all young people may know if not living with parents that all ibuprofen is same drug but can be packaged differently, with singnificantly different prices
  2. to 7. Chose to back 3 horses each way at 50p each on the Grand National tomorrow.

8. Bought fish and chips.

8 decisions at 2p each is 16p.

Total among collected £7.60

Wonderwall Contemplation Monday 3rdApril: The big question; would I consider hosting?

The answer:

As I said yesterday I have two Godchildren and if it came to it in the event of their parent’s death, I would provide them a home for as long as they needed it. Whilst other children are not so lucky and end up in care which they have to leave at 16 and some can not cope and ultimately end up homeless. I would like those cases to be prevented before young people become homeless. Support for vunerable people can turn their lives around. Helping with that would be a great achievement.

At the moment I’m enjoying my own space and I’m past the stage of house sharing. Selfishly because I love my house I would not want it damaged. 

Additionally I would worry about my safety if I invited a stranger in to my house; I know it would worry my Mum as well. This view has possibly been back up by the possibility a homeless man last week killed members of a family in Stourbridge who had been helping him. Just a possibility right now so he may prove to be innocent. 

In summary, it is not something I’m going to be doing right now.

There should be no stigma to reaching out for help whether for mental health issues, life’s traumas such as deaths including miscarriages and also accommodation issues.

This article from the guardian raises stigma to speaking out about miscarriage.

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2017/mar/27/why-can-women-be-so-mean-to-each-other-miscarriage.

Apparently some young people rely on what they call sleepovers rather than admitting they do not have a home because of the stigma of being homeless.