Care crisis for homeless shelter

Swindon Advertiser: Patsy Moloney Patsy Moloney

A HOMELESS charity is facing its slowest year yet after a lack of volunteers and donations from the public.

Christmas Care offers food, blankets and shelter for several days over the festive period to people who are either homeless or on low income.

But this year has seen a big drop in the amount of food being offered combined with a chronic lack of people coming forward to offer help. The charity fears it will be unable to help the most needy in Swindon over Christmas.

Chairman Patsy Moloney believes the shortages could have a devastating effect and is pleading with people to donate or volunteer.

He said: “We are facing a real crisis this time and are in danger of not being able to help people who have come to rely on what we do at Christmas. We usually have so much at this time of year and are in a good place but the last two collections we have done have been really slack.”

The charity is open from Christmas Eve until December 28 and is a chance for those in need to get blankets, a shower and hot meals.

The next collection is at Queens Drive Methodist Church today from 10am to 3pm.

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11:01am Mon 16 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore?

I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination?

Never an easy one to answer.
This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore? I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination? Never an easy one to answer. house on the hill

11:06am Mon 16 Dec 13

nigelej says...

house on the hill wrote:
This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore?

I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination?

Never an easy one to answer.
I agree with you on this one .its a hard one to call some people need help well others refuse it . One thing I'm not sure about is why are we in this situation where the homeless figures are going up more food banks being used . Yet we send millions of money in aid to china and India what is all that about surely that can't be right can it .
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore? I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination? Never an easy one to answer.[/p][/quote]I agree with you on this one .its a hard one to call some people need help well others refuse it . One thing I'm not sure about is why are we in this situation where the homeless figures are going up more food banks being used . Yet we send millions of money in aid to china and India what is all that about surely that can't be right can it . nigelej

11:06am Mon 16 Dec 13

nigelej says...

house on the hill wrote:
This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore?

I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination?

Never an easy one to answer.
I agree with you on this one .its a hard one to call some people need help well others refuse it . One thing I'm not sure about is why are we in this situation where the homeless figures are going up more food banks being used . Yet we send millions of money in aid to china and India what is all that about surely that can't be right can it .
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore? I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination? Never an easy one to answer.[/p][/quote]I agree with you on this one .its a hard one to call some people need help well others refuse it . One thing I'm not sure about is why are we in this situation where the homeless figures are going up more food banks being used . Yet we send millions of money in aid to china and India what is all that about surely that can't be right can it . nigelej

12:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Nigel, I think the Govt would argue that we get more back in trade than it ever costs and in the big scheme of things is very small compared to the overall waste that goes on in the public sector on a daily basis.
Nigel, I think the Govt would argue that we get more back in trade than it ever costs and in the big scheme of things is very small compared to the overall waste that goes on in the public sector on a daily basis. house on the hill

1:41pm Mon 16 Dec 13

EmmBee says...

house on the hill wrote:
Nigel, I think the Govt would argue that we get more back in trade than it ever costs and in the big scheme of things is very small compared to the overall waste that goes on in the public sector on a daily basis.
So, it's a bribe then.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: Nigel, I think the Govt would argue that we get more back in trade than it ever costs and in the big scheme of things is very small compared to the overall waste that goes on in the public sector on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]So, it's a bribe then. EmmBee

2:08pm Mon 16 Dec 13

trolley dolley says...

Whilst I agree with the concept of Xmas care, why is it that we have the same message every year from Patsy saying that donations are not coming in.

It was the same last year and the previous year.

Maybe he should look at spreading the collection over 12 months rather than the last few weeks before Xmas..
Whilst I agree with the concept of Xmas care, why is it that we have the same message every year from Patsy saying that donations are not coming in. It was the same last year and the previous year. Maybe he should look at spreading the collection over 12 months rather than the last few weeks before Xmas.. trolley dolley

2:45pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Ringer says...

Charities use these types of press releases as their stock marketing campaign at Christmas time. Basically just the old 'guilt trip' angle.

Homeless charities won't be able to use their 'people are freezing to death' option this year as the weather is unseasonably mild (cue the global warming zealots using it instead).
Charities use these types of press releases as their stock marketing campaign at Christmas time. Basically just the old 'guilt trip' angle. Homeless charities won't be able to use their 'people are freezing to death' option this year as the weather is unseasonably mild (cue the global warming zealots using it instead). Ringer

5:12pm Mon 16 Dec 13

swindondad says...

I do get angry when organizations say they are getting little support but then tell you they are only open for donations from 10:00 am - 3pm on one weekday.

Very little chance for those of us in work to donate then.

Or Is There?

Let me know.
I do get angry when organizations say they are getting little support but then tell you they are only open for donations from 10:00 am - 3pm on one weekday. Very little chance for those of us in work to donate then. Or Is There? Let me know. swindondad

5:52pm Mon 16 Dec 13

LordCharles says...

house on the hill wrote:
This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore?

I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination?

Never an easy one to answer.
There are people who are genuinely homeless. Yes, the council has a duty of care to people who have some association with Swindon - to look after them. The difference is there are "rough sleepers" who have no particular association with Swindon but have just turned up here (often drop outs from the Salvation Army hostel in Swindon). It is a charitable gesture to help these people as well, regardless of their often self inflicted situation. We are all humans on this planet.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: This is always a tough one. Are there people genuinely homeless as I was under the impression that the council had a duty of care to house them? What do they class as "low income"? If they have come to expect it might that prevent them from trying to better themselves so they don't actually need it anymore? I am sure there are some in genuine need and there are some people who work tirelessly to help but do we really know the real story? And why are donations and help down, is that because many are struggling themselves or they just don't care any more or a combination? Never an easy one to answer.[/p][/quote]There are people who are genuinely homeless. Yes, the council has a duty of care to people who have some association with Swindon - to look after them. The difference is there are "rough sleepers" who have no particular association with Swindon but have just turned up here (often drop outs from the Salvation Army hostel in Swindon). It is a charitable gesture to help these people as well, regardless of their often self inflicted situation. We are all humans on this planet. LordCharles

10:37pm Mon 16 Dec 13

southside7 says...

Adver, can you please put this guy's number up here or an email, I'd like to contact him to offer help.
Adver, can you please put this guy's number up here or an email, I'd like to contact him to offer help. southside7

10:40pm Mon 16 Dec 13

southside7 says...

Just found their website for anyone interested www.christmascare.co
.uk
Just found their website for anyone interested www.christmascare.co .uk southside7

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