Tag Archives: West London Mission

What are the best ways of helping people?

Every Tuesday at WLM’s centre for homeless people at Seymour Place in central London, we have a Spirituality Discussion Group for our homeless clients. Even though membership of the group changes frequently, the group decides themselves the topics it wants … Continue reading

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Crisis of faith in social action: keeping Christian distinctiveness

A huge number charities have been started by committed Christians. One example is my former employer, the youth homelessness charity Centrepoint. It was started in the late 1960s by the Rev Kenneth Leech in St Anne’s Church in Soho. But by the … Continue reading

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Hope in action (even if you’re little you can do a lot)

Recently I was contacted by a Mum whose 5 year old daughter wanted to do something to help homeless people. What struck me was that their family situation is not at all easy – the daughter has additional needs and the … 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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Losing their religion: why Christian charities lose their ethos

It cannot be disputed that Churches are very good at establishing social action projects. In recent years this is illustrated by the high-profile rise of church-based Food Banks, Night Shelters, debt services and a whole range of street outreach.  Organisations like The Trussell … 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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Faith Full Service? Integrating Christian faith alongside high quality social care, 4th November, central London

Date:   Wednesday 4th November 2015, 9.30am – 4.00pm Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ Cost:    £15.00, including lunch For more details and to book a place please go to Eventbrite In an increasingly secular environment, tensions … Continue reading

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“The homeless? Aren’t they the people you step over when you come out of the opera?” – politics and rough sleeping

I left school in 1990 and got a job as a cleaner in central London. This involved being on the Strand, by Charing Cross Station, at 7.00am.  The extent of the rough sleeping at that time was truly incredible. There … Continue reading

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Why are churches ‘the best social melting pots in modern Britain’?

Today, the Daily Telegraph reports on the findings of research by the Social Integration Commission about the places where people from different backgrounds meet and mix with each other. The article, with the headline ‘Churches are the best social melting pots in modern Britain‘, states: ‘Overall, it found … Continue reading

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