Category Archives: Homelessness

A soft-touch? Why Christians need to stop being doormats

My recent article on Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging was re-posted on the popular Christian blog Psephizo and a number of church leaders commented on the challenge that this issue poses for them. It again reminded me of … Continue reading

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‘Dossers’ who choose to sleep rough and the ‘professional weepers’ who care: ‘The Sun’ on homelessness in 1990

I was clearing out some old paperwork this week at the West London Mission and I found some fascinating old newspaper clippings relating to homelessness. One clipping particularly struck me. It was from The Sun, March 1990. It starts: IT’s time we … Continue reading

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Personal tragedy and political failure: remembering homeless people who have died in the past year

The annual service to commemorate homeless people who have died in the past year was held today at packed St Martins-in-the-Fields church, central London.   As part of the service, The Choir with No Name and Streetwise Opera performed songs … Continue reading

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‘It has saved me from a whole heap of misery’: one night sleeping rough to help bring others in from the cold

On Friday night, 40 people slept outside on cardboard in the churchyard of St James’ Church Piccadilly in central London.  I was there, along with my Mum (75), son (13), daughter (8), as well as my brother and two nieces. It was noisy … Continue reading

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What would the prophet Amos say to Donald Trump?

One of my favourite parts of my job is when I am asked to facilitate the spirituality discussion group at West London Mission’s Day Centre for homeless people.  We see around a hundred rough sleepers every day who come in for breakfasts, showers, … Continue reading

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Now is the time to make our voice heard about the scandal of homelessness

I live in Streatham, a residential area in south London and every day I walk the short distance to my local train station to go to work. Last week, just near the station, I saw a man huddled up, sleeping … Continue reading

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Can you help a homeless person exchange the cold streets for a warm bed this Christmas?

Dear R&R friends, Thanks for reading R&R this year.  I continue to be encouraged by the growth of interest and from the comments and messages I receive via this blog.  So far this year over 140,000 different people have visited the site. … Continue reading

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I’m agnostic, but I know if it wasn’t for Christians many more homeless people would die on the streets – by Paul Anderson

I have worked for a variety of homeless charities for over 20 years, so generally not much surprises me when it comes to the reality of poverty and destitution. However, this week I was out doing a street count in London to … Continue reading

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Down and Out in Cardiff and London: a George Orwell for the Facebook generation

Today, George Orwell is remembered as one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, mainly due to the literary and political impact of his most famous books, Animal Farm and 1984. But when Orwell moved to London in … Continue reading

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How should we respond to people begging?

For many people living or working in large cities, being asked for money is an everyday experience. It can often cause feelings of distress, guilt and confusion.  What is the best way to respond to someone asking you for money? … Continue reading

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