Looking beyond the 'homeless' label

February 23 2018

ORGANISATIONS across the city are opening their doors this spring to encourage people to think about the community they live in, look out for family and friends and scoop people up before they fall.

ORGANISATIONS across the city are opening their doors this spring to encourage people to think about the community they live in, look out for family and friends and scoop people up before they fall.

Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week (February 24 - March 3) aims to raise awareness of homelessness, those at risk of becoming homeless and the issues people face when rough sleeping highlighting the long process of recovery.

There are many events taking place across the city to get people talking and thinking about how they can make a difference to the community they live in.

The week was due to kick  off with two exhibitions at The Vestibules, City Hall. Art4Change will be in The Park Street Vestibule and this exhibition explores the connection between mental health and homelessness, open from 12-3pm Monday 26 Feb-Thursday 1 March.

‘Homeless People’ is an exhibition held in the Deanery Road Vestibule and uses art to delve beyond the ‘homeless’ label, in order to capture the diversity and individuality of the people behind the percentages - open Mon Feb 26 until  Fri Mar 2 from 10am – 4pm.

David Ingerslev, Rough Sleeping Service Manager for St Mungo’s, said: “We have supported approximately 940 people from November 2016 to October 2017. The more time someone spends on the streets the longer it takes them to recover from homelessness. 

“Taking a bed in one of the city’s four night shelters can be just the start of a very long journey. Our specialist teams in The Homeless Pathway offer long term support for people. Each person’s situation is unique, often complex and people can relapse several times before making a full recovery.”