Categories
Festival Fringe Theatre Theatre

Myra’s Story — Review

Venue: Spiegeltent Palais Du Variete, Assembly Festival, George Sq. Gardens  Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ When was the last time you looked someone on the street in the eyes? The play opens in darkness, with a chirpy, fresh voice: “rise and shine”. As a single central spotlight shines onto a bench, Myra introduces herself with a feisty response; […]

Categories
LGBT+ Lifestyle

No place like home? The hidden LGBTQ+ housing struggle

Finding a place to live in Edinburgh is hard. Acquiring a safe and secure living space is akin to running a race in a housing market so competitive and brutal. The difficulty of this is, however, increased for those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This claim might raise an eyebrow or two: surely […]

Categories
Comment

Stay at home: forsaking the homeless

Last spring, when the first national lockdown was announced, the ‘Everyone In’ initiative was enacted. This was hailed as one of the government’s few successes in relation to the covid-19 pandemic, as it took roughly 29,000 rough sleepers off the streets and helped them start to move into more long-term and safe accommodation. The campaign […]

Categories
News

Pollock freshers fill shoeboxes with essentials for the homeless

As the winter draws in, the weather gets colder and wearing a trench coat becomes less of a statement and more of a necessity one can only imagine the hardships faced by those living rough. Winter is always tough for homeless people and is only made worse by the ongoing Covid-19 situation which this year […]

Categories
Features

Homelessness in the LGBT community: are councils doing enough?

Councils in England have been turning away LGBT people who are homeless, asking them to show proof of their living situation. The Albert Kennedy Trust, an LGBT youth homeless charity, estimates that LGBT young people under the age of 25 comprise up to 24% of the youth homeless population, of which 69% have experienced violence, […]

Categories
Features

Bank accounts for the homeless: an effective solution or covering up a bigger issue?

HSBC have started offering bank accounts to homeless people, in order to help them get back onto their feet. The ‘No Fixed Address’ scheme allows those without an address to open an account and receive a debit card. The hope of the scheme is to allow people to gain a sense of financial stability and […]

Categories
Comment

Students must act if we wish to irradicate homelessness

Every 18 minutes, a household is made homeless in Scotland. With more people sleeping on Edinburgh’s streets than anywhere else in the country, we must, as students of Edinburgh, crusade against homelessness and endeavour to ameliorate living conditions for our society’s most vulnerable. The university now provides a course designed specifically to tackle the problem […]

Categories
News

Sleep in the Park: world’s largest sleep-out to end homelessness a success

On Saturday 9 December, 8,000 people gathered at Princes Street Gardens for Sleep in the Park, the world’s largest-scale sleep-out to show their support for the 11,000 homeless households in Scotland. The event was organised by Social Bite, and £3.6 million was already raised before the event began. Of this, £0.5million was given by an […]