Help needed to support Bournemouth's rough sleepers

Somerset County Gazette: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The soup kitchen in action VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The soup kitchen in action

HELP is needed to support rough sleepers in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Rotaract Club, a voluntary organisation for 18 to 30-year-olds, has been running goes out into Bournemouth every Friday evening to feed at talk to the homeless.

Volunteers, who have been running a soup kitchen every Sunday at Cotlands Road car park for the last year, are seeing around 20 people each week.

The club, which is also organising a Christmas meal for the homeless, is appealing for sleeping bags, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, gloves and socks, to help keep rough sleepers warm during the colder weather. Non-perishable food items are also welcome.

Anyone who can help should call Amy on 07845 812103 or deliver to Babbacombe Hotel, West Hill Road, on Sunday evenings between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

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10:59am Fri 8 Nov 13

Dave2207 says...

All very noble, but we should aim to get rough-sleepers off the streets and into proper accommodation - whether they like it or not! Feeding them and giving them sleeping-bags only encourages and sustains their lifestyle (or lack thereof) and does nothing to change their circumstances.
Arresting them for vagrancy, begging, being drunk in the street, urinating/defecating in public, drinking in an alcohol-restricted zone (for example) should be used to get them into the system for compulsory re-homing, perhaps in an appropriate institution.
All very noble, but we should aim to get rough-sleepers off the streets and into proper accommodation - whether they like it or not! Feeding them and giving them sleeping-bags only encourages and sustains their lifestyle (or lack thereof) and does nothing to change their circumstances. Arresting them for vagrancy, begging, being drunk in the street, urinating/defecating in public, drinking in an alcohol-restricted zone (for example) should be used to get them into the system for compulsory re-homing, perhaps in an appropriate institution. Dave2207
  • Score: 4

11:22am Fri 8 Nov 13

BmthNewshound says...

Beesley's new policy that requires homeless people to register with the Council and prove a connection with the town before they are allowed to use the night shelters will only make the problem of rough-sleepers worse.
Beesley's new policy that requires homeless people to register with the Council and prove a connection with the town before they are allowed to use the night shelters will only make the problem of rough-sleepers worse. BmthNewshound
  • Score: -2

11:31am Fri 8 Nov 13

skydriver says...

There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them,
A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose..
Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.
There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers. skydriver
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Fri 8 Nov 13

MrPitiful says...

The day I stop seeing them in shop doorways aggressively begging, stinking of drink, following people up the street asking for money, pee-ing in view of kids, leaving their blankets/syringes/ru
bbish behind them & then phoning each other up on their mobiles is the day I will support them a bit more.

I know there are a few genuine, sad cases and there for the grace of God etc but harsh as this may sound, that is how I feel.

The homeless population of Bournemouth do not do themselves any favours by way of their behaviour, and until it changes, they are going to find it difficult to gain considerable support.
The day I stop seeing them in shop doorways aggressively begging, stinking of drink, following people up the street asking for money, pee-ing in view of kids, leaving their blankets/syringes/ru bbish behind them & then phoning each other up on their mobiles is the day I will support them a bit more. I know there are a few genuine, sad cases and there for the grace of God etc but harsh as this may sound, that is how I feel. The homeless population of Bournemouth do not do themselves any favours by way of their behaviour, and until it changes, they are going to find it difficult to gain considerable support. MrPitiful
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Fri 8 Nov 13

scrumpyjack says...

skydriver wrote:
There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.
Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess????

Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off.

If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad.

Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do.
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.[/p][/quote]Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess???? Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off. If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad. Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do. scrumpyjack
  • Score: -1

2:42pm Fri 8 Nov 13

skydriver says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
skydriver wrote:
There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.
Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess????

Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off.

If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad.

Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do.
How do you know what I do. Snide remarks without the facts prove nothing, other than to say you have really nothing to say.
I will stick to my statement if the council want to get these people off the street then let the church help.
You quoted theft, how do you know all of homeless people steal.? I await your answer. Although I doubt there will be one. Let's work with facts shall we?
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.[/p][/quote]Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess???? Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off. If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad. Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do.[/p][/quote]How do you know what I do. Snide remarks without the facts prove nothing, other than to say you have really nothing to say. I will stick to my statement if the council want to get these people off the street then let the church help. You quoted theft, how do you know all of homeless people steal.? I await your answer. Although I doubt there will be one. Let's work with facts shall we? skydriver
  • Score: 1

6:20pm Fri 8 Nov 13

billm says...

Any of the homeless staying in accommodation would have to be supervised to ensure no damage was caused and alcohol/drugs were not available. Where would the church get the money to do this? Not very many of us go to church these days.
Any of the homeless staying in accommodation would have to be supervised to ensure no damage was caused and alcohol/drugs were not available. Where would the church get the money to do this? Not very many of us go to church these days. billm
  • Score: -2

7:04pm Sat 9 Nov 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
Beesley's new policy that requires homeless people to register with the Council and prove a connection with the town before they are allowed to use the night shelters will only make the problem of rough-sleepers worse.
One of Beesley's policies I fully support.
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Hopefully he'll ban the soup kitchens soon too. Then they will have no choice but sod off back to where they came from.
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: Beesley's new policy that requires homeless people to register with the Council and prove a connection with the town before they are allowed to use the night shelters will only make the problem of rough-sleepers worse.[/p][/quote]One of Beesley's policies I fully support. . Hopefully he'll ban the soup kitchens soon too. Then they will have no choice but sod off back to where they came from. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Sat 9 Nov 13

portia6 says...

I wonder where they come from is it Scotland or Liverpool?
I wonder where they come from is it Scotland or Liverpool? portia6
  • Score: 0

8:18am Mon 11 Nov 13

scrumpyjack says...

skydriver wrote:
scrumpyjack wrote:
skydriver wrote: There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.
Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess???? Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off. If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad. Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do.
How do you know what I do. Snide remarks without the facts prove nothing, other than to say you have really nothing to say. I will stick to my statement if the council want to get these people off the street then let the church help. You quoted theft, how do you know all of homeless people steal.? I await your answer. Although I doubt there will be one. Let's work with facts shall we?
'you quote theft, how do you know homeless people steal'.

My stupidity knows no bounds. Of course that would never happen, waht was I thinking? I am so maive at times.

You are quite right all churches and church offices should throw their doors open a Friday, and let any who want to wander in as they please.

I'm surprised no one has thought of this earlier. Perhaps Jesus did?
[quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skydriver[/bold] wrote: There are plenty of churches and church halls in every town, what is wrong with utilising them, A few weeks ago we were in London and past a very nice new Salvation Army building , I guess there HQ, it was the weekend and we thought why is this not used in the evening and weekends for this very purpose.. Ah, now there a question that could be answered by the powers that be, and dare I say a very fair question. So let's have some answers.[/p][/quote]Theft, disease, drug abuse, violence, mess???? Yeah I bet you would love to come back to your place of work on a Monday and have to step over a homeless person sleeping it off. If you want to have a go at religion do so, snidey asides are rather sad. Religon aside, The Salvation Army do a dam sight more for the homless than I, and I suspect you, will ever do.[/p][/quote]How do you know what I do. Snide remarks without the facts prove nothing, other than to say you have really nothing to say. I will stick to my statement if the council want to get these people off the street then let the church help. You quoted theft, how do you know all of homeless people steal.? I await your answer. Although I doubt there will be one. Let's work with facts shall we?[/p][/quote]'you quote theft, how do you know homeless people steal'. My stupidity knows no bounds. Of course that would never happen, waht was I thinking? I am so maive at times. You are quite right all churches and church offices should throw their doors open a Friday, and let any who want to wander in as they please. I'm surprised no one has thought of this earlier. Perhaps Jesus did? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 0

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