Housing

Refugees: Modelling a loving response

Photo: kevin-buckert-unsplash The atrocious situation in Ukraine has brought the awful plight of refugees close to home. These are people from Central and Eastern Europe that are being displaced by Russian military intervention. Nearly 4m people have been displaced, either internally in Ukraine or to neighbouring countries. The response of the British public has been …

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How does gambling affect family and friends?

I recently attended a seminar about gambling-related financial harm, hosted by GamCare. This blog focuses on the devastating impacts gambling addictions can have on family, friends, and colleagues. I will use the term ‘affected others’ to represent those most impacted by someone who is addicted to gambling. It is estimated that up to 6 affected …

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What happened at the national Homelessness Impact Forum?

I attended the Homeless Impact Forum #Impactforum2022, hosted by Centre for Homeless Impact on 27 January 2022, so thought I would share some of the pearls of wisdom. Homelessness remains a significant issue in many communities. For many it is hard to access subsidised long term housing support. For others there is too limited an …

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Poor quality housing affects health and increases risks of homelessness

At Restore we take pride in the quality of the accommodation we offer residents and are constantly working to upgrade facilities. Providing a lovely home makes such a large difference in our residents’ overall wellbeing. This in turn gives motivation to tackle complex needs elsewhere in their lives. Our focus is to help those who …

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You are in the team!

Do you remember when you were at primary school and during the lunch break there was a game of football or netball, or something similar? Did you have to line up whilst the team captains went in turns to pick someone for their team? The really sporty kids were always picked first, and the slower …

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Invisible People

I am walking along listening to music on my phone, thinking about where I am going, walking past other people also going about their daily lives. Then I walk through an underpass. I cannot help but spot there is a bundle of blankets ahead and I can see someone huddled up inside. Not surprisingly there …

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