As people with lived experience of disadvantage, we know that there is an abundance of skills and talents amongst those experiencing homelessness.
However, far too often, the response to ending homelessness works in a deficit way, looking at peoples negatives and trapping us in a negative mind-set. Campaigns depict us as hopeless individuals that need charity to fix us.
We want this to change. We want the support that is offered to focus on our aspirations. We want to be listened too and given a choice over our future. We want the public to understand that we all human beings with skills and talents, hopes and dreams.
Over December we will be sharing some inspirational stories showing who we are. We’ll be updating our webpage every day, dispelling the myths that people need to be fixed and instead showing the abundance of talents and skills that we have. And we want anyone who wants too to join us.
So please use the hashtag #HomelessNotHopeless to share your stories, ideas and creativity, and make a difference to how people see us.