We are just about to begin studying the play Stone Cold by Robert Swindells. This play deals with the very serious issue of homelessness. We had to chose an aspect of this issue to research. We chose to find out about Shelter campaigns to combat homelessness.
The Shelter Organisation
Shelter Scotland was founded in 1968 and it is an organisation that helps people keep or get affordable and safe homes. Shelter Scotland tells us that every 18 minutes a household in Scotland becomes homeless. This has caused 3250 homeless families to begin living in temporary homes. The organisation also lets us know that shockingly in 1 year there has been an increase in rough sleeping by a huge 10%.
What Can We Do To Help
Shelter Scotland tells us what we can do to help fix homelessness. They tell us that there should be safe and affordable homes for everyone, ensuring help is available for everyone, So they can find or keep the one they are currently staying in. Shelter also ensure that there is a safety net for housing so that if someone did happen to lose their home they wouldn’t be alone and could get help.
How They Help
Shelter Scotland helps these serious issues by organising campaigns and fundraising events. What they do to fundraise is bake sales and gala balls and more. They also have shops you can go inside. You can also volunteer, donate any items that you do not need and you can also donate money to any of the 40 shops all over Scotland. One thing they haven’t yet don’t but are looking to start is making renting fit an fair for all.
Overall we think that homelessness is not fair and homes need to be fit and fair for all. We need to do something and Shelter already do a great job of that but we need to help as well. As Charles Dickens said:
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
And if everyone helps someone, then everyone will be helped.
For our sources we used and
Shelter (2019). Homelessness [online]. Available from: https://www.shelter.org.uk//get_advice/advice_topics/homelessness [Accessed 29 Jan 2019].
Good Reads (2019). Helping others quotes [online]. Available from: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/helping-others [Accessed 26 Feb 2019].