The Vagrancy Act of 1866 – by Sheryle

The Vagrancy Act of 1866 makes it a criminal offence to beg or to be homeless on the streets of England and Wales. The law was passed in the summer of 1824 (197 years ago) and it was originally intended to deal with a situation far from the reality of street homelessness in the present…

‘Come round to my pad, I mean pod’ by Anne

‘Come Round to my Pad, I mean Pod’ I noticed an article about pod housing for London homeless people in Timeout. My immediate thought was how inadequate is that! Nowhere near enough and why shove people into something so small and temporary when there’s so many empty properties. That said I’m not on the streets. A…

‘That’s all I was, I was only my problems. I was nothing else.’ by GG

GG reflects on reconnecting with herself and finding happiness again, and overcoming the dehumanisation of a system that only defines people by their problems and challenges, rather than seeing their achievements, good things and unique experiences.   I wanted to talk about a follow up to my piece on libraries, and I heard that it…

‘The importance of creativity’ by Paul Atherton FRSA.

In this piece, Paul talks about the role of creativity and how through writing, photography and film, people experiencing homelessness can continue to survive in an environment that has often measured them purely by their financial productivity.   Audio Transcript Tuesday, 3rd of August 2021, I have been asked to consider why creativity is so…