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Hope’s Christmas message

Hope’s Christmas message

Hope’s Christmas message

Whatever their colour, politicians seek office to make a difference.  We believe that they know what they’re doing and that after weighing up the facts and assessing their options, they make an informed decision that will offer the best solution.  However, what they and we sometimes overlook is that all the facts may not be known, and the implications of a decision may be unclear. I believe that that is the situation for many who now face being homeless.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing!  Had the Court of Appeal in 1998 known that the global economic downturn would be so catastrophic, they may have looked differently.  The Guardian article of 17th December 2014 “Britain’s most vulnerable people are sleeping rough..” explains that that decision as to whether a local authority has a duty of care to the single homeless, is to assess whether that person is “less able to fend for themselves than an ordinary homeless person…”.

Having been CEO at HOPE for 18 months, I have not come across an “ordinary” homeless person.  We operate Nottinghamshire’s only directly accessible emergency accommodation, where someone can knock on our door and get a bed for the night.  However, I have come across those in crisis, those who have lost everything, and those at their wits end.

I have come across people who have made terrible lifestyle choices, perhaps because they have lost their job and got deeper and deeper into debt, or due to a relationship breakdown, or because of physical of sexual abuse as a child.  I do regularly meet those who hate where they are, who desperately want to change what they do.

I meet residents at HOPE who know that being homeless results in life expectancy of only 47 years, 30 years less than you or I and, I would suggest many years less than those making the decisions. I do meet those who want an “ordinary” future.

But getting back to the politicians, currently not the most popular group within our society.  The austerity measures currently impacting across the country are tough, some argue whether the breadth and reach is necessary, although most agree that cost savings are required.  Adam Smith, the famous Economist said “No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable”.   Did the decision-makers know that the impact of what they proposed would result in tens of thousands of families and 90,000 children living in temporary accommodation, such as bed & breakfast establishments. Many will be have been so for more than 6 weeks and most will remain so over Christmas.

Ronald Reagan, not remembered by everyone as the most liberal politician said; “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.  I would like to thank all those who have donated to HOPE.  Their gifts have ensured that each and every resident will receive a present on Christmas morning – they will feel “normal”.    A later (perhaps more colourful) President, Bill Clinton commented “If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes.  But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person…” I truly hope that our politicians can realise the affect they are having on those in greatest need, and learn from what has gone before.

Have a lovely Christmas & a prosperous New Year.

Alan Diggles        

Hope’s Clients Christmas gift bags

Hope’s Clients Christmas gift bags

Hope’s Clients Christmas gift bags Our clients Christmas presents are now made up and ready to be given on Christmas Day! Thank you to staff who have worked hard putting together the gift bags.   We have been appealing the last couple of months for gloves, scarves, socks, hats, chocolates and toiletries. We would likeContinue Reading

Retford Rotary Awards gives Hope…

Retford Rotary Awards gives Hope…

The Retford Rotary Awards 2014   2014 sees the Rotarians of Retford once again helping Bassetlaw charity HOPE, support homeless people across the District.  Alan Diggles, our charity’s CEO said; “Of the people seeking our help this year, over 100 came from Retford. It is only through the support of local people like Retford Rotary, thatContinue Reading

Retford Rotary Club Annual Award 2014

Retford Rotary Club Annual Award 2014

Retford Rotary Club Annual Award 2014 The Retford Rotary Club Annual Award 2014 will take place on Tuesday the 16th December at Hope’s main office at 2.30pm. President Jack Anderson and some of his colleagues will be coming along to present 6 of our Hope House clients with awards. 2014 sees the Rotarian’s of RetfordContinue Reading

Poems by some of our Hope House clients

Poems by some of our Hope House clients

Some of our clients in our Hope House hostel have wrote some poems, about their experiences with homelessness and who it has made them feel. CRIMINALLY INSANE I’D BEEN LIVING A LIFE OF THE CRIMINALLY INSANE, ONLY DRUGS, WOMEN & CRIME WERE MY ONE DRIVING AIM,  FORCE MY WAY THROUGH THE DEBRIS, ON MY WAYContinue Reading

HOPE’s Charity Entertainment Night success

HOPE’s Charity Entertainment Night success

On Friday the 28th of November 7pm-10pm Hope Community Services hosted a Charity Entertainment Night at the Worksop Masonic Hall. Hope is extremely grateful for all of the support which made it’s Charity Entertainment Night such a great success. It was only through the kind donations of goods and time, which were snapped up byContinue Reading