If you are heading to The Downs Festival on 2nd September 2017 myself and good friend film director Anthony Tombling will be hosting a panel discussion on homelessness in the UK. The purpose of the panel discussion is to encourage a greater understanding of community-led action aimed at tackling the stigma and negative attitudes towards those who find themselves homeless in the UK. The panel will explore the impact of national and local government policies by asking if they are helping or hindering a sustainable solution and what are the alternatives. We will be hearing about the reality on the ground from some truly inspirational people.
Panelists include representatives from The Brixton Soup Kitchen, St. Mungo’s, Homeless Heroes – Birmingham, Feed The Homeless – Bristol, Bristol ReConnect and Jasper Thompson from Help Bristol’s Homeless. The panel will be giving us their take on the current situation on the ground. Do we have a crisis? and if we do, what can we do about it? So if you are around please come along, say hello, Join the discussion, offer support and hear from the people working at the sharp end trying to help those most vulnerable in our communities. The panel is due to start at 3:15pm. For more information on the community groups involved click here: I AM HUNGER
A small project I have been developing with volunteers at Bristol Reconnect, the ACE Project (St. Paul’s) and the Northern Slopes Initiative has today taken a small, but significant step. The printing and publishing of our first workbooks, which are expressly designed to help small volunteer-led (and often unfunded) groups to plan more efficiently. The books are intended to help these types of groups to deal with the challenge of austerity, especially when the local government comes knocking on their door asking them to get more involved in the delivery of services and facilities. There will be more to share in the never future for those who might be interested in these rather mundane, but important matters as we develop the next 6 workbooks and the overall support programme. In the meantime, my gratitude and respect goes out to the volunteers in these projects who are working with some of the most vulnerable people or defending essential community facilities in the city.