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Volunteers sleep rough in Carlisle to raise awareness of homelessness

It might not be as obvious as on the streets of bigger cities, but it’s a problem that still exists – a nightmare situation that no-one wants to find themselves in.

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Re article today (8th February) re Ms Sheriff voting against giving Churches Together money for homeless............

Is Ms Sheriff aware of the amount of work Churches Together did when Carlisle got flooded - and SAVED the council a LOT of money by doing a lot of their work for them!!!!!!

Churches Together are not there just for the Christian/Believer - they are there for EVERYONE - including Ms Sheriff.........

Posted by Local resident on 8 February 2013 at 18:19

Well well well.

Hasnt somebody shown their true colours?

Posted by Pete on 8 February 2013 at 16:38

Is this the same Ms Sherriff who voted against giving a homeless charity a grant from the City Council last night?

Posted by Smithy on 6 February 2013 at 16:19

Craig, dont let people get you down. People are attacking Ms Sherriff (and defending her) because this was just a publicity stunt, and embarrassingly so.

I have never been homeless, and hope I never do. Some things in life we take for granted, i take for granted a family that could, if need be always give me somewhere to stay, an education, so I have the necessary qualification to get myself immediate employment, even if it is what others might determine as menial.

But how different would my life be, if at 13 i was put in care, if i got mixed up with the wrong crowd, didnt bother with school etc.

We need to be aware, that yes, many people who are homeless are the authors of their own downfall, but many people can with the right help turn their world around.

Posted by jim on 28 January 2013 at 13:40

In response to John.
Fortunately I have (through NO help from politicians of ANY ilk) been able to regain a sound financial status and no longer live a 'homeless' life.
Your claim that my comment was patronising is based on your own ignorance of myself and your blind faith in would be/incumbent politicians. I truly hope you NEVER have to experience REAL hardship.

Posted by Craig on 28 January 2013 at 09:23

@Carlisle resident.

Bit harsh that isn't it? If you don't need to become a councillor/politician to help then pray tell what are you doing to help the homeless?

If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem.

Posted by Brian on 28 January 2013 at 04:49

The big question is....

Ms Sheriff has got her publicity - she has shown that for one night she has experinced what it is like to be homeless (but not poor and without friends) - and she has raised awareness for a local charity.

So.... what IS she going to do about the homeless in Carlisle for the remaining 364 nights of the year and even longer ???

You do not need to become a councillor/politician to help - do it without getting publicity and fame for yourself !

Posted by Carlisle resident on 26 January 2013 at 14:46

@ Craig on 24 January 2013 at 06:58 - A great response with every single point a valid one. John, If you like being patronised join the labour party, you'll love it, but be prepared to sell out and and feel comfortable about it.

Posted by Ian H on 25 January 2013 at 12:58

Craig - if I wanted to be as patronising as you then I'd question how you acquired internet access on your embankment next to your rats. Seriously they raised money for charity, why knock that?

Posted by John on 24 January 2013 at 09:30

Making bald statements with assumed authority does not make them true. Listen to the homeless charities such as Shelter, people who are not politicians and do not have a vested interest in denying the problem. The number of people helped by the charity Shelter's housing advice helpline, who are either homeless or at risk of losing their home, has increased by 80% in the past three years, while 1.4 million people in Britain are falling behind with their rent or mortgage payments putting them at risk of becoming homeless. Carlisle is doing well in providing shelter for those finding themselves homeless, but it still means that they still have no permanent place to call home and the most serious cuts are yet to come.

Posted by J on 24 January 2013 at 08:49

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