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How do we engage with difficult people?

Tweet There are three main strategies that we employ to engage with the group of people we support who have real challenges engaging with support services. They are a regular and committed presence on the streets, to approach people with simple human kindness and a patient / never give up attitude.  Our worker in Bradford, […]

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What does Simon on the Streets actually do?

Tweet Jon, one of our support workers shares the experiences of a day ‘at the office’ in Huddersfield: As I was walking down to the Mission to meet Tim I bumped in to Julie who I have been doing some short term work with regarding her abusive relationship and domestic violence. She had blood on […]

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It’s a soup-run, but it’s not about soup

Tweet We had a great soup-run in Leeds last night.  Our purpose is to provide a good atmosphere for people who are out on the streets –not to attract people to the streets.  The food we offer, from our perspective is a means to an end – we are not trying to feed the hungry […]

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Bridging the Gap

Tweet  In a recent survey conducted in day centres (http://www.crisis.org.uk/data/files/publications/HiddenTruthAboutHomelessness_web.pdf ) 62% of the respondents stayed in a ‘hidden homeless’ setting the night before.  That means they were rough sleeping, staying with friends or sleeping in squats.  This snapshot data demonstrates that many of those who are homeless are not necessarily engaged with any formal […]

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Hidden Homeless Research

Tweet     According to some research conducted by CRESR/Crisis: “Rough sleeping may be more prevalent, enduring and ‘invisible’ than we think. The majority of respondents had slept rough, often in ‘out of sight’ locations and with little contact with support services such as rough sleeper teams. Rough sleeping was not an emergency measure for […]

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Are you cops?

Tweet One of the volunteers and I were walking through the centre of Leeds last night on our way up to the soup-run when we spotted a couple of guys who we had seen at the soup-run a few weeks before.  We didn’t really know them but had had a quick chat with them.  As […]

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Try Again; Yet Again

Tweet Another film from Simon on the Streets [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKMnCCLuJuI] Support the work of Simon on the Streets

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Pixie’s Story of Life on the Streets of Leeds

Tweet [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGIovIO2tVQ] If you would like to help Simon on the Streets support homeless people in Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield please check this link to make a donation or here if you would be interested in volunteering

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First Steps

Tweet One of the individuals, Karen, who is on my case load had been impossible for me to engage with as I had never had the chance to meet her.  I had heard a lot about her from various agencies, all expressing a great deal of concern for her well being as she leads an […]

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Rough Sleeping, Street Homelessness and Homelessness

Tweet Rough-Sleeping People sleeping rough or bedded down in the open air (such as streets, in doorways, parks or bus shelters) people in buildings or other places not designed for habitation (such as barns, sheds, car parks, cars, derelict boats, stations or bashes). The definition does not include people in hostels or shelters or other […]

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Fundraising Black Tie Dinner

Tweet An evening of good food and music, hosted by Rugby star Henry Paul.  

We pick ourselves up and carry on…

blue plaque

Tweet We pick ourselves up and we carry on…   I’m not going to lie.  It’s been a tough week. […]

Reflection from a DLA Tribunal

Tweet Justice without Compassion?  Reflections from my first Disability Living Allowance Tribunal I attended as an observer to a DLA […]

Helping hand from Leeds students

Tweet A team of fantastic third students studying Graphic Design and the Leeds College of Art are supporting Simon on […]

Food and Drink Networking Event – 28th October 2013

Tweet Simon on the streets are incredibly proud to have been chosen as the Yorkshire charity for the recent Brand […]

No Respect

Tweet Recently I was walking to an appointment with one of our youngest and most complex service users Lisa, and […]