Scots say they fear homeless people


Report reveals shocking reality of public's perception of homeless people 

16th November 2017 by Robert Armour 1 Comment

Scots fear homeless people and would never stop to speak to them.

This is the shocking admission revealed in a survey by homelessness group Street Soccer Scotland in which two thirds of respondents said they run scared of rough sleepers.

The organisation said it was “shocked” by the outcome.

It shows that the youngest - aged 16-24 - are least likely to stop and speak to those forced to sleep on the streets, with only a quarter saying they would do so.

This age group was also the most likely to say they are fearful of speaking to rough sleepers, with 48% reporting they are afraid to do so.

David Duke, founder and chief executive of Street Soccer Scotland, said: “Having experienced homelessness I know what it’s like to spend your days alone, with no one to speak to.

"I also know the difference that having someone to talk to can make when you’ve lost all hope.

“I’m really shocked at the number of people who say they don’t stop to speak to people who are homeless, and especially by the number who say they’re afraid to.

“Instead of sympathy, they’re feeling fear and we have to ask why, and how we can change their perceptions.”

Duke, who sits on the Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group set up by the Scottish Government, added: “Today in Scotland, great strides are being made to eradicate homelessness with progressive laws and a willing government.

"However, unfortunately some things have stayed exactly the same.

“The lack of dignity afforded to people experiencing homelessness, the prejudice and stigma that comes with what is the worst time of your life, is holding our society back. We need to do more to change that.”

Homeless for three years before finding a home, Duke went on to set up Street Soccer Scotland, a social enterprise which uses football inspired training and personal development to help homeless men and women.

It is estimated that each year around 5,000 people are forced to sleep rough on Scotland’s streets.

20th November 2017 by Allen

Sad to see the homeless people, hope they can turn their life back just like people with jobs.