Saturday, 28 February 2015

Vulnerable protestors supported into housing

A homelessness charity helped six vulnerable people into temporary accommodation this morning after they were ejected from a protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

Howard Sinclair, chief executive of Broadway, told Inside Housing that he and his team were on site last night and early this morning to offer support to vulnerable people who had been sleeping on the streets as part of Occupy London.

Inside Housing reported last year that the number of rough sleepers had grown from 20 to 25 in the space of one month since the protest began in October.

It was feared that the camp would act as a magnet for vulnerable people and cause them harm by stopping them engaging with support services.

Mr Sinclair said: ‘We were there last night and set up an information centre working with people at the camp and with authorities.

‘We managed to get 6 people last night into appropriate temporary accommodation who were vulnerable for a variety of reasons. We found them safe places and we left once everyone had gone.’

Mr Sinclair said he and his team of outreach workers had been in contact with people at the camp since the beginning of the protests and had helped ensure vulnerable people were offered support they needed.

‘Credit to people at the camp,’ he said. ‘Everyone realised there was vulnerable people there. Above the politics and protesting, everyone tried to help them through Broadway.’

Protestors were evicted from the outside the cathedral on Tuesday morning following a court ruling against a last-ditch appeal.

Readers' comments (6)

  • Chris

    This has got to have been one of the most responsible protests in recent history.

    It was rather ironic that the outcome of the ruling to 'remove the obstructive tents', that had been home and salvation to many yet permitted passage, was that the entire area was closed off with security fencing preventing people from accessing with anywhere near the freedom that they had when the camp was there.

    Still, at least they did not go to the degree of Basildon Council and dump several tonnes of waste onto the site, break the sewers, and create a health hazard that will cost a fortune to correct.

    Well done all concerned, protesters and bailiffs (agents) for a well managed junction in this campaign.

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  • oilyboots

    Has no-one realised the irony that while Barclays Bank have to repay £500 million for "aggressive tax avoidance" (sounds illegal) and HMRC change the law retrospectively to ensure is doesn't happen again, no-one at Barclays is prosecuted / dismissed / loses their bonus whilst overnight, the Occupy protestors whose behaviour has been exemplary, get evicted by a 'no-nonsense' group pf sherriffs (High Court not county) and considerable police back up. Isn't the City of London an exemplary role model then!

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  • St Alban

    You could add to the irony, the actions of the World Bank to nudge China away from state ownership and allowing the tax-avoiding people-exploiting privateers to own more of its companies.

    Yet the 'discredited' state ownership model has taken this backward economy to within a whisker of the largest most powerful economy on the planet, with banks and financiers queuing at its doors begging for loans.

    Why would China wish to repeat the western capitalists' mistakes?

    I echo the recognition of the good works carried out on the steps of our national icon of Christianity, and in the shadow of our national icon of greed and division. Time to turf the money lenders out of the Temple and all it's precincts, and for wealth to be the common means of all those who create it.

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  • Jimmy Cricket

    Credit to the camp for attractiing vulnerable people and drawing them away from their support mechanisms and services. Well done you!

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  • oilyboots

    C'mon sense - do you really believe that all vulnerable people have support mechanisms and services in place or necessarily engage! You clearly have never worked in the sector or with such people. Maybe all kinds of people were attracted to the wider ideology and 'flash' nature of the Occupy protest - instead of accepting the government / city / status quo / assimilated charities view of things should be.

    The Occupy guys may have lost their legal fight but the awareness they have raised into a multitude of issues is awesome - who believes the 'We are all in this together' mantra now?

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  • Im pleased BROADWAY were able to raise their profile through these protests and the excellent work they are doing.

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