We can and will do more. It’s a saying I’ve always told myself. It’s always been there in the back of my mind. I’ve found it very helpful and it’s certainly helped to shape the services and projects I’ve started up.
Numbers of people using the services of Salford Loaves and Fishes is rising. With the recent £20 weekly uplift to Universal Credit now removed from the income of hundreds of thousands of very vulnerable people, alongside rising utility prices and food prices. we are facing a potential homelessness crisis, undoing some of the positives to the homeless sector that the pandemic actually brought about. It’s going to be a very bumpy ride over the next 6 months. Very bumpy indeed. Services need to step up, set up new services and do more to support people better.
Yesterday a young man I was talking to was adamant that he was going to get himself put back in prison, he explained to me that he felt safer, warmer and better looked after in prison than out. Prison is no longer a deterrent or punishment for some it’s a desirable lifestyle choice.