Stockport Express update 23-11-16

    Stockport Express Update 23-11-16 Jonathan Billings Project Manager The Wellspring.   The governments Homelessness Reduction Bill is welcome news to us at The Wellspring. If the bill becomes law then local authority’s will have a duty to provide people with advice and services when they are at risk of becoming homeless. Preventing homelessness…

Lie down and be counted

  We had some very welcome news this week from Stockport Homes as they have now started to provide Cold Weather Provision for anyone who is currently sleeping rough. This means that almost anyone, regardless of their circumstances or situation will be provided with somewhere safe and warm to sleep at night. But only if…

Illegal Highs

All New Psychoactive Substances are now illegal to be sold or produced in the UK. This is welcome news and a step in the right direction. However these drugs are going nowhere fast and they will continue to cause havoc to the lives of homeless and disadvantaged people. Everyone has known for many months that…

The changing face of homelessness

Homelessness is by its very nature a complex challenging issue. Each and every case that I come across tends to be different and presents different challenges. If you asked Joe Public in the street what thier idea of a homeless person is they would probably describe an older male, unkempt and unshaven. This is far from fact….

One Bad Apple.

Does one bad apple really spoil the bunch? Yes in my experience is does. For many years I’ve built and developed the service that I manage, yes I’ve had lots of help and support along the way, at times lots of support and at others not so much! From day one with nothing more than…

Its not rocket salad……..

  Sometimes homelessness and some issues that are associated with homelessness can be addressed by very simple things. I’ve met hundreds of homeless people whose situation and circumstances have been turned around by very basic pieces of support work. I would say that 90% of all homeless people I have ever met have been supported…

Bite the bullet.

Bite the bullet. At times I feel flooded by ideas and often spend hours mulling these ideas over and over and over. A time will come when I feel I’m on to a good idea and I make that leap and actually put the idea in to practice. This over the years has led to…

If at first you don’t succeed….

Keeping motivated and focused on being productive with challenging people is incredibly difficult. it can be frustrating when you don’t seem to be making any progress with a person you are trying to support, i guess we have a picture in our mind of how we would like that support to go and when reality…

28 chances later.

It’s very important when working with challenging people that the door is always left slightly ajar to retuning to services when you have no option but to exclude them. Over the years at The Wellspring I have had to bar hundreds of people. These are chellenging people, people with needs and issues that we are…

YOUTH HOMELESSNESS – Read all about it……

Youth homelessness is an increasingly concerning issue. Over the last few years I’ve recorded and documented a rise in youth homelessness, more and more young people under 25 are becoming homeless. Why? Well a multitude of different reasons but very commonly, easy reasons to address and fix. Fixing the issues of youth homelessness are often…

Well there is this Estonian chap….

A couple of years ago I become aware of a young man called Peter who was using The Wellspring everyday and was rough sleeping in one of the caves in Stockport. I got to know this young man by chatting to him by using Google translate as his English was not good. He told me he had…