Word from the street Episode 16: So let’s talk homelessness and COVID-19
I think that the first thing that we need to do is figure out what causes homelessness, and I want to debunk, or at least in part, the myth that that we are all just one paycheque away from becoming homeless. I don’t think that it’s helpful for society to hold beliefs that aren’t necessarily true. Not only that, having people live in either a false sense of security (I’m fine I have a savings …) or worse having people live in a sense of fear, a fear of becoming homeless, feels somewhat dangerous to me. I will caveat what I am about to say by saying that this is a generalisation and not true for everyone, but you will know if it’s true for you. Either way it’s a great place to start a conversation or discussion from. For me there are three things which determine whether we are likely to become homeless or not, your family, your friends and your employment. Let’s deal with one of these at a time.
Word from the street Episode 15 "The State of the Nation"
This episode was inspired after a night out with volunteers on outreach in London. I called it the "State of the Nation" because that's what came to mind. It's a bit raw and passionate, but I was taken by the state of things on the streets of London, our nations capital. If ever there was a need to connect policy makers to reality then that time is now. If we want a just and fare society, co-production HAS to be the way forward. Using the experience and wisdom of those who are or have experienced in-justice and hardship are those that we can learn from to develop policies for the future. Please don't forget to subscribe and or share as every little helps the cause. I would also love to hear your comments, thoughts and experience's. Until next time, stay safe. Love you All
Word from the street Epi 14 Values and Begging
You can argue with me if you choose, but unless your knowledge goes beyond the classroom or the internet, then forgive me for holding my position. That is that even those who are deemed by society to be the lowest of the low, those forced to beg, have values. More importantly they act upon them in the most adverse of situations. And that is more than can be said for most! We'd love to hear your comments and thoughts. Don't forget to subscribe and ring the bell. Love you all and see you next week.
What works in supporting people to move on and maintain a tenancy?
At a recent National Advisory Panel meeting we discussed what works in supporting people to move on and maintain a tenancy. Some of the themes that came out from this were Universal credit, emotional support, after care, co-production, relationships and consistency. But have we missed something? We'd love to hear your thoughts so please leave a comment below.... and don't forget to subscribe to the channel if you haven't already. Our National Advisory Panel can be found here https://www.expertlink.org.uk/national-advisory-panel
Word from the street Episode 13 "The DWP"
Did the DWP just get humane or was it our imagination? Ok so we know that there are lots of challenges with Universal Credit and their aren't may supporters of the DWP, especially when it comes to out of work benefits. But didn't life get easier when speaking to them recently? We'd love to hear your comments and thoughts. Don't forget to subscribe and ring the bell. Love you all and see you next week.
Word from the street Episode 12 #don'tgiveup
If you are feeling a bit disheartened, isolated or just in doubt with all your co-production hard work, well then here's a story to help inspire and motivate. It certainly motivates me, that and puts a lump in my throat. Would love to here the things that motivate you to do what you do, whoever and wherever you are. Post them with the hastag #don'tgiveup Please like share and subscribe.
The Perfect Storm. Word from the Street Episode 11
The “Perfect Storm” I was on holiday last week in Cornwall when storm Ellen battered the west coast causing chaos to fellow campers. This week I’m back in London and storm Francis is pummelling the UK. But none of this compares to the “perfect storm” that’s building in the homeless sector right now. Eviction ban extended. Rough Sleeper numbers rise during lock down. Homeless and Tsar-less Limited Understanding of co-production Cash Strapped Councils So where does all this leave our community, those who are suffering from multiple disadvantage and the world of co-production? How can the voices of those suffering multiple disadvantage be heard above the roar of this storm, and how can co-production fight the swell dragging it below the surface?
Are homeless street counts honest enough? WftS Episode 10
The street counts are run by all local authorities between 1st October and the 30th November. Their purpose to show a “snapshot” of the numbers of people sleeping rough on the streets in a moment of time. The BIG question is are they honest enough? We have a whole bunch of free resources and training that you can access through our website, including our Conversations on Co-production series, so please pop over and take a look. https://www.expertlink.org.uk/training-and-events Sign up to our mailing list! https://expertlink.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=8a92c2b7346c032eebaacfa72&id=ece1d1154b Follow us on: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ExpertLink Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/expert-link-2019 Twitter - https://twitter.com/ExpertLink2019 Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDt4xZFqpP-FuHHVGn1McSg/featured Please like and sub to this channel for updates on the world of co-production and homelessness.