We'll be conducting a series of consultations to help us build some ideas for the exhibition and for Action Homeless residents to respond to. We'll be gathering responses and sharing some with you, the first are on this page below, including some from students from Rushey Mead school. We'll post up dates and venues that you may be able to attend but in case you can't make it, there is also this survey below that you can complete that would be really helpful for the project. If you have any other comments or thoughts there is also an anonymous form you can complete below. Many thanks.
General comments on homelessness:
"I hate seeing them with dogs.. the dogs are often undernourished and sometimes ill. I can't trust that they are being cared for properly and it's no life for a dog.
I'm sure they love the companionship but it isn't fair on the animal."
"I think homelesssness is growing immensley and there are alot of homeless people around, its not always their own fault that they end up homeless they can be on the streets for a number of reasons. "
"I think that Action Homeless help so many homeless people and it's good. People who are homeless will not feel that they are alone."
"firstly there might be a combination of domestic violence. It's extremely high at the moment and as you know if you have the experience and one of your loved ones have been through this situation.
There might be more than one reason to being homeless or not there might not be any reasons for you being homeless. You just might want to be homeless to get a house from the housing or the council because you want to leave your own family home. My own opinion on this is that sleeping rough on the streets is bad for your health and wellbeing and thats how you may die or go into hospital."
"When people think of homeless people having bad hygiene in my opinion I think they may because if they was on the streets for a long time and didn't have anywhere to wash up but if they was in an environment what helped them then they wouldnt be."
"It can sometimes be the persons fault for being homeless however people should not be judged by their past and should be helped and supported by people and families."
"I think awareness needs to be raised about the lives of homeless people. I think that it's human nature for people to just walk past homeless people on the street, thinking 'thank goodness that's not me'. People should me more aware (less ignorant) to homeless people, and the same thing goes for disabled people. I think that it's good that magazines like DNO raise awareness of the lives of homeless people."
What does having a home mean to you?
To me, a home is somewhere where you could always go at the end of the day, somewhere you can be yourself, somewhere you don't have to hide, somewhere you belong and feel welcome and accepted. Somewhere where you are protected and feel secure.
I probably take this for granted. Safety / security.
Somewhere that is mine, safe. A retreat.
Memories, a lot has happened there, place where you can relax and chill, in your own company.
Means a safe place to relax and be myself with the people I love.
What would you miss if you were homeless?
I would miss the security of my home and my family.
HOME COOKED FOOD
FEELING OF FAMILY/HAPPINESS
Someone to talk to.
Bath, Heating, iPhone, cat, dogs, family, music, bed, cup of tea, clean clothes, washing.