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Tweet This short piece, written by one of our support workers, highlights the compassion and the skill they have for reaching out and offering empathy and support to those who need it most. ‘Most of the time we struggle through our lives taking the rough with the smooth and with the help of friends and […]
Tweet One of our support workers shares a case study of one of his clients that is currently rough sleeping: ‘The plight of people sleeping rough is talked about daily and is probably done so quite trivially, but most of us could not even comprehend one night of actual rough sleeping. Having recently seen the […]
Tweet Support worker AG shares a brief overview of three of the people on her caseload who are currently rough sleeping: ‘When I tell people what I do for a job I often hear, ‘so you help people find a house? ‘Before I started this job I thought the bulk of my work would be […]
Tweet Daniel has slept rough for many years. As his support worker got to know him better, it became clear why for Daniel his homelessness has a direct and complicated relationship to his past life experience. ‘The first time I met Daniel he was sitting on a busy pathway and my colleague made a brief […]
Tweet An open letter from Simon On The Streets General Manager, Helen Beachell, to discuss the current anti-begging campaigns in Leeds and the broader social issues related to begging and the lives of rough sleepers in every city. ‘First things first. I am not now, nor have I ever been supportive of begging. Neither is […]
Tweet Support worker M shares some insightful thoughts on begging and the complexities of addiction. ‘On my way to work this morning, I saw someone begging who I’ve not seen before. I had a quick chat with her, and she occasionally stopped mid-sentence to ask passers-by for spare change. One of these passers-by walked on, […]