Unite Ambassadors carried out our second social action today. We decided to raise awareness of homelessness in the local area and to make a collection of items needed to help people move in to new accommodation.
We decided to set up a ‘shelter’ on the playground with cardboard boxes and sleeping bags and invite pupils, staff and others to come and visit us there. We were able to tell people that homelessness is more than just the street sleepers, with some people sofa surfing or using B&B rooms.
We were pleased that so many people came along and even more pleased that they donated so many items. We collected them in a supermarket trolley kindly lent to us by Waitrose. We were also grateful that two volunteers from Wycombe Homeless Connection came along to help us set up.
During the day we collected some thoughts from pupils. Lots of them thought it would be cold and lonely on the streets not to mention uncomfortable.
We learned that most people are there through no fault of their own and that they deserved to be treated with respect. We thought we could offer them a hot drink and tell them where to get help. Some of us felt angry that so many young people are homeless and that their lives are so full of sadness and fear.
We were ‘homeless’ for just one day but hope that we have educated our peers and helped some homeless people settle in to a new place.
Alice, Louise, Claire, Chloe, Aimee