The girl who cried wolf

  Vulnerable people are often forced into situations that feed upon their vulnerability, they make poor lifestyle choices that often lead to them suffering abuse. Because of the poor choices that these people make, their vulnerability increases and they can end up in some very disturbing situations. Recently a vulnerable young lady i know reasonably…

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…

Is the Health Service Mental?

Mental Health services in Stockport have suffered funding cuts over the last few years, with more cuts likely to be in the post. Cutting these essential services is just plain mental. This morning a man in his 30’s presented as homeless at The Wellspring, this is someone we have worked with in the past so…

Don’t move them on, help them to move on…

Begging, sitting on the floor within 5m of ATMs or shops, and legal highs have all been banned in Stockport town centre under a new legal order. Police and the borough’s council have secured the protection order after months of trouble. However, there are now fears that the move targets homeless people. Jonathan Billings from…

Eat, sleep, take drugs, repeat.

I meet many people in my job, some of these people are stuck in a cycle of addiction. i often try to relate to them and think of ways in which they can break this cycle. Its taken me quite sometime to realise that without them having the correct motivation to change, i am wasting…

How not to Fundraise

Fundraising is becoming an ever increasing difficult task, as more and more charity’s have faced funding cuts, found grant funding harder to come by and have found themselves trying to compete with the big charity’s for the man in the streets pound.  All the major national charity’s have whole departments of dedicated professional fundraisers. They have Army’s of…

Reach out.

For a few years I’ve been involved in community outreach, visiting rough sleeping sites, campsites, squats and other places that homeless people migrate towards. I have always struggled to understand the appeal of such places to homeless people. Why do people choose to frequent places that are often dangerous, cold, wet and unclean? In the…

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…