Relationships are key to understanding who we are and how we live, they reveal differences that need more work and similarities, which have proven to work.
Last night, We Make Change brought together a range of insightful and influential figures that represent UK homelessness organisations for a ’round-table’ discussion, including George Olney from Crisis, Alex Stephany from Beam and Charlie Brunyate from Freedom of Sleep.
The goal of the discussion was to hear-out what were the common challenges of trying to solve homelessness from emerging organisations and what more established organisations, like Crisis, have learned from previous experiences. The conversation was passionate and highly engaging, as leaders and volunteers threw themselves forward to contribute and exchange new ideas.
The experience also highlighted the need for organisations to just ‘sit down and talk for a bit’, and we learnt how we could share an ambition, to rid the UK of homelessness. As George Olney mentioned, the main reason why one of the most developed nations in the world (UK) still experiences homelessness, is our stigma attached with it. Homelessness can be avoided, but the first step is learning how to empathise with one another, let’s listen and understand before, casting doubt.
About the author
Alistair Read has written across a range of issues for publishers and has been nominated for awards, including the launch of BBC WorldWide’s ‘BBC Earth Magazine’ that supported the Planet Earth TV series.
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