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STMARTINS HOUSING TRUST HEAD OFFICE: 01603 667706
UNDER 1 ROOF 01603 699150
CAPS: 01603 666563 (housing advice for homeless)
BISHOPBRIDGE HOUSE: 01603 666563 (hostel)
HIGHWATER HOUSE: 01603 766627 (housing)
WEBSTER COURT: 01603 699100 (sheltered housing)
CITY COUNCIL: 03449803333 (homelessness/housing)
STONHAM: 08451550390 (Housing)
YMCA: 01603 877950/620629 (Housing)
MAP: 01603 766994 (Advice)
LEAP: 01603 627841 (Advice)
CITIZENS ADVICE: 08444994104 (Advice)
SAMARITANS: 0847909090 (Emotional Support)
FOODBANK: 01603 617805 (VOUCHERS ONLY) (food)
ARC (SALVATION ARMY): 01603 663496 (Food)
KINGS CENTRE: 01603 765795 (Food)
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: 08457697555 (Addiction)
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS: 08453733366 (Addiction)
NRP: 03007900227 (Addiction)
DIP(DRUG INTERVENTION): 0800764754/ 01603 302038 (Addiction)
CITY REACH: 01603 612481 (Health Services)
N&N HOSPITAL 01603 286286 (Health Services)
JOB CENTRE: 01603 248556 (Benefits)
MONEYWISE HOMESAFE: 01603 821282 (Money Advice)
St Martins Housing Trust strives to address the needs of single homeless people. We offer emergency accommodation, care, support and development to enable everyone to achieve their f full potential and a greater level of independence.
Members Mix is run by members for members and everyone is welcome!
We meet once a fortnight and have an opportunity to discuss, and get involved in, a number of different aspects of Under 1 Roof.
If you haven't been before, our next meeting is on Tuesday 13th June between 1pm and 2pm.
If you have something to put forward or want to find out more then Wayne or Graham would be delighted to speak to you, or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
"We offer a safe and secure environment where debate
flourishes and your voice and opinions can be heard"
alongside these and provide the opportunity for weekly involvement in something that helps to develop your skills and interests.
Our roving Community Reporters put together a series of playlists and interviews that will be aired later on Future Radio.
Special thanks go to Toddy and Kate from Future Radio, everyone had a great time and are looking forward to getting more involved with the station in the months to come.
TUES 13TH JUNE
Successful reporters achieved their Community Reporter Certificate - congratulations to Jo, Andrew, Graham, Roger, Beki, Richard and John.
front cover painting by JS
We have been running members mix succesfully for the last month. Please come and get involved.
We are a passionately run members group. We offer a safe and secure environment where debate flourishes and your voice and opinions can be heard.
We meet at Under 1 Roof every other Tuesday, so come along and have you say without predujice.
All members welcome. If you have something to put forward but cant make the meeting then Wayne or Graham would be delighted to speak with you, or you can email them at U1R@stmartinshousing.org.uk. Your views will be treated confidentially.
So far this year we have run 3 Trusted Tenant Programmes, a Community Reporter course (in partnership with Future Radio), 3 Building Better Habits courses, a Joy of food course and and a Goals Course. Our regular sessions run
The 21st of June is summer solstice, time to get out and
enjoy the sun.
Natural sunlight is a free and available mood enhancer. It encourages us to produce vitamin D and protects us from seasonal mood changes. However, because society is more aware than ever of skin cancer and sun damage, most of us have significantly reduced our exposure to natural sunlight. Most parts of the world have three low-sunlight seasons, and the only way to absorb enough sunlight during these times is to get into natural sunlight to keep serotonin and melatonin levels from sinking. Your skin and eyes should catch sunlight for 10 to 15 minutes a day, even early in the morning when the sun is not yet strong. Do not look directly into the sun, but glance peripherally at it for just a few seconds at a time.
When natural sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the body to produce vitamin D. Vitamin D is present in very few foods, but is necessary for proper calcium absorption. Sufficient calcium levels in the body prevent teeth and bone erosion, including osteoporosis. Most importantly, research has shown that sufficient levels of vitamin D control mood and feelings of satisfaction, since vitamin D works in concert with calcium to support strong bone health and hormone regulation.
A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
Some of our members are getting involved with the latest play from local community theatre group The Common Lot. The play is free to attend, and focuses on the issue of immigration in a positive light.
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"In todays busy, chaotic, fast paced world we are using more and more technology to perform our every day tasks. Everything is so intense and immediate, our brains are not designed for this much pressure."
Andy Burnham has outlined his plans to tackle homelessness in Greater Manchester on his first day as mayor, promising to “put words into action”, and donating 15% of his £110,000 salary to a newly created homelessness fund.
The former MP for Leigh, who was elected to the mayoral role in May with 63% of the vote spent his first morning as mayor with the Riverside Street Outreach team meeting rough sleepers in Manchester city centre.
His pledge to end rough sleeping in Greater Manchester by 2020 formed a key pillar of his campaign, and the former shadow home secretary claims he has met homeless people who registered to vote in order to back him.
“If you walk through the streets of Manchester – contrary to what the prime minister says – you can see that this is not a country that is working for everybody right now,” said Burnham.
Facebook's Effect on The Brain
"I found it was a forum for people to tell the world how wonderful their lives where. If you are not on facebook you don't exist, so paradoxically you are alone and isolated. All the friends you are making are virtual"
Facebook can affect the brain in a similar way to cocaine and gambling. a study has suggested. It may explain why some users claim they find social media sites addictive. The site stimulates the brain's amygdala and striatum, the same regions associated with compulsive behaviour, scientists found. Facebook fans get a 'brain reward' when they look at friends pictures as they trigger a sense of social inclusion. Cocaine addicts get the same reward when they are using the drug. Researchers at California State University explained: The findings indicate that technology related addictions share neural features with substance and gambling addictions.
Experts asked 20 people to assess whether they felt addiction like symptoms such as anxiety when using the site. They were then shown a sequence of images on a screen and asked to press a button when certain icons appeared. Brain scans revealed that images relating to facebook activated the brain chemicals which are also stimulated by cocaine.
Our members commented:
Here in Norwich a local homeless group Peoples Picnic are looking for photos of any buildings that are stood empty around the city with their location. "We are still desperate to get a roof over everyone's head and somewhere that will be open 24/7 to provide shelter. We believe it is an injustice and failing of society when you have so many vacant buildings yet homelessness is at an all time high. We are interested to see how many empty properties there actually are in our city so we can document this info and challenge the council to do more and hopefully provide us with somewhere to keep people off the streets"
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
This is happening now... to all parts of our society!!
Every circumstance of homelessness is different, but what they all have in common, is that the victims have to re-start their lives while in a state of trauma. Many are in a state of domestic turmoil and have just lost their spouses and children. This group’s problems often begin with job loss and mounting debts. Others have finished prison sentences or long stretches on remand, some of them are innocent-found guilty, though their stories go unheard because they are homeless ‘bums’ and ‘liars’ and are forced by circumstance to accept their new status. Figures released in January showed that homelessness in the area had risen by 41% over the previous year and had quadrupled since 2010. The figures, based on a count conducted in November, estimated that 189 people were sleeping rough in Greater Manchester, up from 134 at the same point in 2015. Charities say that such audits severely underestimate the scale of the problem.