Many of our cities seem to be trying to tackle begging by encouraging busking. But is this really dealing with the issue, or are they just making it a legitimate form of begging and therefore more socially acceptable?
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This blog will grow and develop in time and I hope it will become a valuable resource for many workers, so for this to happen it needs your input.
The aims of this blog
This blog is a support base where those who deal directly with homeless clients can come for ideas, share their wealth of knowledge, exchange practical ideas, and share experinces.
The aim of this blog is to bring together outreach workers and their colleagues from a vast array of services and to pool their experience, so that we can be more effective on the front line and so inevitably help more rough sleepers and homeless clients.
Whilst I will endeavour to update this blog regularly, the success of it will ultimately be dependant on contributions from its readers.
This site is called The Spike as a reminder of the age old issue of homelessness. During the 1930's workhouses were used to house homeless people (known as Transients). These workhouses were known as 'Spikes'. It was one of these Spikes that George Orwell posed as a homeless person as part of a social experiment, which formed the basis of his first book 'Down and Out in Paris and London'.
The name The Spike, serves as a reminder of how far we have come in our understanding and work with homeless people, but that we have so much more to do.
I have been working with homeless clients for 10 years in a variety of settings, day centres, care homes, hostels and as an outreach worker on the streets. I have worked in some really great teams over the years and learnt a lot from many colleagues. My aim is to recreate and share this pool of knowledge and resources for others working with homeless clients, who want to chat and maybe learn something new or share their experiences.
The views and opinions expressed on this website are my own and of those commenting. They are not those of my employer or any other organisational body.
Please feel free to challenge, or disagree with these opinions or comments. However, I reserve the right to delete any comments that I deem to be abusive, profane, derogatory, rude or inappropriate. I will also delete comments that do not respect confidentiality of clients or bloggers.
For this blog to be successful it relies on discussions of experiences and exchanging of ideas. If you have found this blog useful and want to replicate any of the ideas exchanged, always discuss your plans with your line manger and colleagues. I do not take responsibility for any outcomes that follow.
This blog is not a charity or a voluntary organisation, it is a business and as such will generate revenue from a range of sources. However, if we ever happen to make a profit from this blog, a percentage will be donated to worthy front line services at regular periods.