Homelessness should be taught at primary school

Primary kids

More awareness would alleviate negative attitudes 

4th October 2019 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Primary school children should be taught about homelessness as a way to combat the problem in the future.

A conference organised by the Homeless Network next week holds will hear from people with lived experience of homelessness and rough sleeping.

Housing Minister Kevin stewart and from Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at Strathclyde University, will also address the conference.

Maggie Brunjes, chief executive of the Homeless Network, said: “The risk of becoming homeless sits heavily with people who are least able to shield themselves from it, especially if there is little cash coming in or no savings in the background.

“Many of us are able to take for granted all the benefits that having a safe, secure and stable home has on every other part of our life.

“We need to help strengthen this expectation earlier in schools and across all our communities, with services centred on the strengths and aspirations of people, families and communities, not divided into our needs and problems.”

David Ramsay, change lead with the Homeless Network, said: “There’s a gap in my life between an ordinary working-class childhood in Glasgow and around 10 years ago.

“Today I have a home, a job and a family but in my 20s and 30s I was all over the place and ended up in prison. After I became homeless, I saw for myself how the system results in people being trapped in a cycle of unsettled temporary accommodation, substance abuse and a lack of control.

“That ‘gap’ in my life is captured by the absence of any photographs of me for more than 15 years. It was as if I disappeared and then came back.”