PAPYRUS – HOPEWalk 2016

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The amazing work of Jessica Anderson! Suicide and homelessness are linked, and I am very pleased to announce a working partnership. Please do click on her blog:
https://bethechangejessicasarah.wordpress.com.

Jessica Sarah

Hi everyone!

So I just thought I would take a few moments out of my revision to do a long awaited blog update.

The main thing about this post I am wanting to announce is that I will be hosting two HOPEWalks for Papyrus, prevention of young suicide.

This charity is so close to me from my personal history with my mental health around this area and the experience of close friends. Therefore, to be able to raise not just funds but awareness too is a huge goal of mine.

I have attached a link to the pictures below where you can read more about what work PAPYRUS carries out.

Click the image to take you to the PAPYRUS website

The two walks I am organizing are:

Haverfordwest HOPEWalk

Cheltenham HOPEWalk

The walks will be a short 5k around the towns and potentially start off with stalls giving away PAPYRUS…

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: #ImPartOfTheEarthquake

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Being a Grassroots Awareness Campaign means that it isn’t someone at the top who dictates or leads on their own – it means it’s a team effort!  I want you to show everyone that you support raising awareness of homelessness.
Copy the following when you post and tag your friends on Facebook/Twitter.

I support raising awareness of homelessness because →

• Print out the And I Support image from this blog post,
• Write your name,
• Write the reason you support the Campaign,
• Hold it up and get someone to take a snap,
• Upload it to Facebook and/or Twitter,
• Include the Hashtag #ImPartOfTheEarthquake
• Tag 5 friends or family in the post and
• Be part of an ever-growing homelessness awareness campaign!


THIS is Jess Anderson, a 20 year old Social Work BSc Honours student at the University of Gloucestershire (Worcester won against Glous. in Varsity AGAIN this year!). Today, she publicly declared that she supports #HugosEarthquake because:

“Individuals living on the street and do not have a home, need support for another chance at life! #Bethechangeyouwishtoseeintheworld”

Jess I support

Campaign supporter and advocate, Jess Anderson, posted her ‘I Support’ via #ImPartOfTheEarthquake on Facebook.

If you would like the campaign social media to share your #ImPartOfTheEarthquake picture, please do tag Hugo Sugg – Homeless Campaigner #HugosEarthquake on Facebook or www.twitter.com/HugoSugg.

Thanks as ever for supporting the campaign in its 8th month!!!

Hugo

‘Leading homeless campaigner’ on front page of Worcester newspaper

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#HugosEarthquake is proudly featured on the front page of the Worcester Observer this week (27th July 2016) speaking about the new homeless housing project in the City. Also mentioned is how I have become a ‘leading Worcester homelessness campaigner’ according to the media – a status I am most proud of.

After being contacted by the Editor, I published my response to the new housing scheme on this blog (EXCLUSIVE: My response to new youth homeless project in Worcester) and was printed in the Newspaper.

 

EXCLUSIVE: My response to new youth homeless project in Worcester.

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The iKozie is designed to house young people who find themselves homeless and provide a base to enable them get back on their feet.
Due to be used for move-on accommodation to help the homeless people transition from hostels into independent living, it features a living area, full-fitted kitchen complete with appliances, a bedroom and a bathroom.
(Credit: Worcester News)
 
#HugosEarthquake response:
 
“I think this project is a really good idea. I am very pleased to read that there is a dedicated support worker with the young people, as accommodation on its own is usually seen as the only solution but research shows a support worker is needed for a smooth transition.
One thing not mentioned in the article is how many young people this will house – and will it help bring down the numbers of homeless young people – or just stablise them?
There is also the point that are these homeless young people going to be supported just independent living, or education, employment or training also – and what hours a week is this worker on?
On the surface it is a great idea – and I am pleased the Homeless Foundation have been innovative whilst the City Council have been accepting of the project however before I offer my complete opinion, I would like to see more information on the points above. As a homeless campaigner, I welcome the move to supporting young people who are homeless, but feel that education around the realities of independent living needs to be given to year 10-11 students so they can make informed choices.
I would be happy to support the Homeless Foundation and other organisations to develop a programme of education for local schools to help bring down the numbers of homeless in the first place.”
– Hugo Sugg
26/07/16

#SomewhereInSummer Campaign

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As summer approaches and the temperature hits record highs, #HugosEarthquake launches its very own ‘Somewhere in Summer’ campaign to help raise awareness of those who suffer on the streets in heat.

There is often much coverage about the plight of homeless people during winter, and calls for support during those difficult months – but it’s still difficult during sunny weather too. ‘Somewhere in Summer’ aims to bring homelessness to the front of people’s minds and address the horrible exclusion that the homeless face.

It’s a fact that people are made homeless every day and society in general seems to take notice mostly during winter – but homeless people are always ‘bedding down’ Somewhere in Summer.

SUPPORT ‘Somewhere in Summer’ by signing this petition to give to people whose job it is to have responsibility for the homeless:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/…/homeless-people-are-somewher….

Homelessness is something that can happen year round, and #HugosEarthquake aims to breakdown the stigma attached to homelessness, at any time of the year. Please support this important campaign as we reach the peak of the summer season.

Thank you for supporting #SomewhereInSummer.

FOLLOW #HugosEarthquake on Twitter and Facebook!
Email me directly here.

Summer break

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Well it’s been ages since I wrote on here! #HugosEarthquake has been changing a lot in line with job and time demands. I will be out on the NCS programme over this month and August and therefore cannot commit as much time as I used to to the homeless awareness campaign.

This being said, I am using the chances I get to talk to young people to help educate them on the realities of homelessness and trying to change perceptions. I want to hear from you though… Have you been through homelessness or heard others’ experiences? Please do share them (anonymous submissions welcomed) and let’s collate a diary of stories and help grow the changing perceptions of homelessness in society.

I will keep you updated as and when but please do keep the spirit of #HugosEarthquake alive.

Take care and have a good summer!
Hugo

P.S Please do follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter and drop me an email to hugosugg@gmail.com for more information.