YOUR AWESOME HEADER Goes HERE
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 731658 (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.
As we move in Autumn we have some exciting events ahead.
Tuesday 10th October is
World Mental Health Day
and World Homeless Day .
To raise awareness of this U1R is having an open day with various agencies at the centre itself and is teaming up with the 12th Man Campaign to offer opportunities around the city.
Anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness (including people in hostels or temporary accommodation), will be able to pick up a voucher for a free shower and hair cut and we are working to have access to other free services on the day too. Our friends at City Reach have generously given permission to use their showers for the day.
If anyone has clothes, in good condition, that they no longer want or need, please bring them to U1R as we will be providing 'new' clothes for people too.
The hair cuts will be 'dry cuts' which is why we're offering a shower as well.
There will be updates in the next issue of the news letter but SAVE THE DATE NOW! I hope to see as many people as possible. If you are an agency or business that would like to be involved, please contact Under 1 Roof on 01603 699150.
Britons last month threw away a staggering £428m worth of barbecue food, research reveals.
In August the British held nearly 12m barbecues, with people on average either hosting or attending at least two of the seasonal gatherings.
The new research shows that hosts typically over-cater to impress friends and family, with more than half (49.2%) putting on a larger than necessary spread.
Salad leaves, burger rolls, hot dog buns, coleslaw and potato salad are the top five food items most likely to be wasted during barbecue season, the research found, amounting to £36.47 worth of food waste at each event.
The most binned item is half a bag of salad – contributing to the 178m bags thrown away every year in the UK, according to official figures published recently by the government’s food waste advisory body.
So if you are planning a barbecue this September, remember vegetarian options can be refrozen unlike meat. Plan ahead. Make a list and stick to it . Don't be tempted to over buy.
Don't be greedy think of the needy!!!
Obscene Food Waste!!!
A holiday camp is being used to house homeless people because of "growing pressure" on a council's waiting list.
Flintshire council confirmed it had used the Pontins site in Prestatyn to put up families in an emergency.
It said it occasionally used Pontins for short stays as the accommodation available gave larger families access to cooking facilities.
The council is looking to build social housing "to help ease the problem".
Clare Budden, the council's community and enterprise chief officer, said: "There are currently just over 1,600 people on Flintshire County Council's waiting list for housing."
"This compares with just over 1,200 at the end of September 2016, demonstrating the growing need for social housing in the area."
"The council occasionally uses Pontins at Prestatyn for short stays to accommodate people in need of emergency accommodation, say after a fire or where rented accommodation is deemed unsuitable for health and safety."
As well as building new housing, the council has also suspended the right to buy legislation which enabled tenants to buy council houses at a discount. A north Wales council has voted in favour of social housing tenants losing the right to buy their homes.
Flintshire council says the change is needed because of a growing shortage of affordable homes in the county.
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.
In the grounds of an old school in Wrexham, the town's homeless community has established a controversial camp.
Some residents see the benefits of having a focal point for the town’s homeless at the Old Groves school.
Others say the presence of “shanty towns” in Wrexham is “disgraceful”. But where are people meant to go???
Tents have been erected at the back of the school and a portable toilet brought in by Wrexham council, as local authority chiefs say they are “tolerating the situation” to prevent “other problems arising in other areas”.
“It keeps everybody off the streets in one place".
“The Wrexham homeless people are like a community and we try to support each other. We are like a family.
"But it can be the people that come from outside that cause the problems.
“We don’t want to cause problems or be in anybody’s way, but we need more support and help to get somewhere to live and start again.
“The problem is, if this goes, then people will start to drift back around the town centre and we don’t want that.”
Nick Claffey, of Help Wrexham’s Homeless, was at the former school on Monday to hand out food, clothes and camping supplies which have been donated to the group.
“I think they need to be housed,” he said.
“Growing up in Wrexham, I have never seen so many homeless people around the town centre as in the last couple of years."
“They need to find somewhere for them to live.
“We will help and encourage them to use the services available.”
Homeless people reveal the brutal reality of living on the streets in heartbreaking confessions
Tents have been erected at the back of the school (Image: Daily Post Wales)
Local group Help Wrexham’s Homeless is taking food and supplies to the site, which is over the road from the town’s police station, as the council and other agencies look for a solution to the problem.
Barry Roberts, 42, from Wrexham, currently lives at the camp, and has been homeless for a year after he lost his job and his relationship broke up.
The Newsletter Crew welcome your poems and artwork. If you have anything that you would like to share with us please email them to U1R@stmartinshousing.org.uk or pop in to Under One Roof on a Thursday from 11 til 12 and join us.
Beware the sands of time!
The ancient sooth sayer cried
When Nature decrees
They will run wild
Human strength a mockery
The General looked
Then fell to his knees
As he say the awful sight
Nature choked his weapons of death
His men blind and lacking breath
As the sand turned on his might
Art/Poetry collaboration from J.S and D.H
Art Work of
The Norwich Soup Movement is a small Norwich based organization aiming to feed, clothe and offer assistance to the homeless. We don't judge, and offer help to anyone that needs it, whether they be drug/alcohol dependant, refugees/asylum seekers, teenage, elderly, or just plain can't afford to feed themselves. Everyone deserves a bit of human kindness each day.
"Too many people write off the homeless without a second thought, but I'm not standing for that anymore; it's time for change. It takes two seconds to dismiss a human life, it takes a lot more to address the problem. This is where we come in."
Do you want to do something positive and be a part of the movement? Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to register as a volunteer.
The Peoples Picnic are a collective group of people dedicated to making sure the less fortunate and vulnerable are not forgotten in society by directly providing meals and other essentials to those in need directly from the street in the Haymarket area of Norwich! Let’s put the unity back in community!
They are a 100% non-profit, grass-roots movement.
Items like blankets, socks and boxer shorts are always handy. We also generally accept and use any food donations however items that we use or need regularly are tinned goods,. Toiletries, plastic spoons/forks/plates and tinned dog food are handy too.
We are working alongside the Norwich Soup Movement on providing Norwich with a 24-hr community living project.
We serve to a diverse bunch of over 100 people each week at the Friends Meeting House, cooking up healthy meals using the surplus ingredients we collect from local suppliers. We’ve been running since January 2011, serving over 8,000 meals in the process. Come help us serve even more!
FoodCycle Norwich is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy.
You don’t need to have any previous cooking experience, although if you do that is just as welcome! We want as many local volunteers as possible and everyone is welcome to be a part of FoodCycle Norwich.
Please email email@example.com for more information.
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