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We cannot solve all his problems, but tonight he had food, clean clothes, a new tent, rucksack, sleeping bag, roll mat, clean clothes, a new SIM, a flask of coffee, breakfast and safety.
Lots of people relapse and their everyday lives are a continual battle. Highs and lows are extreme but we do our best to support them through their troubles as much as we can. Believing in someone and telling them that you believe in them makes a huge impact on people.
The volunteers said that they found it satisfying and enjoyable despite the mess and occasional unpleasant discovery. Some have already offered to help again next year.
Abi originally volunteered for one session, planning to study politics after university. However, she has changed her career path and is moving to London to work with vulnerable people as a housing officer.
Thousands of perfectly good tents, sleeping bags, roll mats and other reusable items are left on festival sites. The vast majority end up either in landfill or incinerator.
Reducing homelessness is not however just about putting a roof over someone’s head. People need support for the reason why they have become homeless. Alcohol abuse is a problem.
For over 3 hours, a huge 18kg of donated apples were peeled and chopped this week. As a result, tonight we enjoyed turkey pie with leeks and mushrooms with a mashed topping, garlic bread and apple crumble and custard.
People with drug and alcohol addictions or past addictions live in a very chaotic lifestyle. Their best friends usually share the same habits.
Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, after sun and high SPF lip balm are constant necessities this time of year. That said, we are also in desperate need of head torches, bike locks and rucksacks.