BEHIND THE SCENE
This site is without denominational or political borders. For families of all ages.
Backstage is about another side to the street -
action and art that happens in real life. Street life has a way of it's own - alway has - from times we don't remember very well.
As well as our news and views from a friendly viewpoint we have a mission
Help homeless to get homes & work they like to do.
The scene at the centre of London has glitz and buzz.
But wait - what are all those homeless people doing here ? sleeping rough, selling the Big issue and just
begging ? Clearly they gravitate to a place where spare change is more readily given to them.
Behind the scenes are projects and human stories - about who's doing what about the homeless issue, including government agencies and local businesses.
More to the point what are the homeless able to do
for themselves? - not a lot - this is perceived as a problem for social workers.
GETTING A JOB
Nowadays - you can't always tell a character from the shoes. Are appearances everything? They are if you are looking for work.
"They tell you to go and get a job – but you got to get an address and phone and shoes before even thinking about it. My mate got that far - he has a wife and and a little boy - then he spent a week digging concrete in a basement and laying rockwool in a loft and ended up with a bad cough and less money than people give him before"
"To get a job you gotta want a job. Look at me - who's going to give me a job?"
There is plenty of work available in the 'Homelessness Sector' but people don't advertise jobs for homeless.
Finding a job in the first 'Great Depression'
These guys really wanted work - any job was better than the stress and boredom and the bread line.
Photo by Robert Holden
This could be where to find a job - where do you begin? Anyone up for showing a couple of fellas the ropes? It's easier when you know how.
See the FAQ for details of the competition.
Have a go - cool prizes coming soon to start it off.
How do people get to be homeless? One Big issue
vendor I spoke to had a house, a job and a family.
Heost his job because he was redundant in a firm that
could not afford the wages any more. He lost his
house soon after that - his wife and daughter are living
with her mum in Scotland. He collects enough for
hostel and eats free sandwiches - mostly from Pret
and he saves as well. by the end of the year he
hopes to have a flat. Even so at the hostel he hears
all the worst news - like how long some other families
have been waiting. He doesn't drink, smoke - keeps
clean keeps smiling. Why can't he get a job?.
"If I spend time looking that's a day, if I get an
interview that's another day and travel. Just try and it
costs you. One man asked me why have you been
out of work so long? - what do you say to that?"
finding a job from the street in the Great Now depression -
(we re-typed the handwritten ad for clarity)
"Yeah - nice never tried it. No time - it's full on getting
enough for basics. People spend for ever in there"
Excuse me - Sir or Madam
(sorry to interrupt but...)
can we interest you
in some lovely postcards
of the Great 3D Map??
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