Second Step stands against homelessness

Like many, we were shocked by recent remarks about homelessness being a lifestyle choice.

Our Chief Executive, Aileen Edwards, is keen for Second Step to join with Crisis and other homeless charities to show that far from being a lifestyle choice, homelessness is a public health issue. That’s why we’re delighted the Government has dropped plans to restrict the use of tents by homeless people.

“Here at Second Step, we provide specific services tailored for those without homes and who are experiencing multiple disadvantage,” said Aileen. “We use a trauma-informed approach in our work and take care to understand the complexities of this crisis.

With 45% of people experiencing homelessness having a mental health diagnosis*, we understand that creating the right atmosphere and approach is crucial to finding sustainable ways out of homelessness for individuals and communities.

As seen with the success of the Everyone In campaign during lockdown, collective efforts can bring about lasting change for this all too often marginalised community. We’re hopeful that by working together we can bring about a shift in attitudes which will in turn drive positive change.”

Our homeless services help people, including those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, to find suitable accommodation they can call home. Our services can be found in Bath and North East Somerset, BristolNorth SomersetSouth Gloucestershire and Somerset.

*Based on findings from Crisis

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