Brighton's Jubilee Square turned into living room by Emmaus to highlight homelessness

Brighton's Jubilee Square turned into living room by Emmaus to highlight homelessness

Brighton's Jubilee Square turned into living room by Emmaus to highlight homelessness

First published in News

The foul weather could not dampen the spirits of good-willed revellers who showed their support for the homeless.

The Uprising of Kindness event was hosted by Emmaus Brighton and Hove at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Saturday, where they created a house setting which was open to the elements.

Joel Lewis, business manager at Emmaus, said: “The fact that hundreds of people still turned up to donate things despite the foul weather was the most pleasing thing.

“They made a conscious effort to come down and we even had home-made cakes brought to us to keep us going.

“It’s symbolic in a way – because that’s life on the streets. The rain isn’t just going to stop because we’ve got an event on, just like it doesn’t stop in real life.”

The homelessness charity is keen to bring the event back to Brighton next year. Mr Lewis added: “It’s very important for us to be out there and visible.

“When people come up to the centre in Portslade, they’re always amazed at the scale of how much we do and what’s going on. But because it’s a bit out of the way, it’s so important to be seen in the wider community.”

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2:34pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rolivan says...

The problem is that a lot of the Homeless do not want to abide by the Rules set down to enable them to stay there and it is far easier to sit in Western Rd Begging for money.
The problem is that a lot of the Homeless do not want to abide by the Rules set down to enable them to stay there and it is far easier to sit in Western Rd Begging for money. rolivan
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4:01pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Goldenwight says...

rolivan wrote:
The problem is that a lot of the Homeless do not want to abide by the Rules set down to enable them to stay there and it is far easier to sit in Western Rd Begging for money.
It is certainly true to say that Emmaus is not for everyone. And it is equally true to say that begging is not for everyone either.

What Emmaus does is to provide a structured setting to get people off the streets and back into mainstream life. At the end of the day it really is a 'take it or leave it' thing- nobody is forced into the place.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: The problem is that a lot of the Homeless do not want to abide by the Rules set down to enable them to stay there and it is far easier to sit in Western Rd Begging for money.[/p][/quote]It is certainly true to say that Emmaus is not for everyone. And it is equally true to say that begging is not for everyone either. What Emmaus does is to provide a structured setting to get people off the streets and back into mainstream life. At the end of the day it really is a 'take it or leave it' thing- nobody is forced into the place. Goldenwight
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