Open Your Eyes to Real Homelessness

Quote: “They really spoke into the heart to help us not to just see this as yet another group of charity workers asking for money, but bringing out the significant people who need our help, and explaining what we can help them with.”



Belfast Metropolitan College opened eyes to homelessness in the community, with the help of ‘The Simon Community NI’ on Monday 18 November. With it being ‘Homelessness Awareness Week’, Gerry Skeleton, the originator of the Annual Homelessness Awareness Panel event, organised another HAP event.

This year the Simon Community were happy to support the event, which happens annually in BMC, to help raise much needed awareness on this devastatingly taboo topic.

Paddy McGett, the director of SCNI, kicked the event off by explaining his desire to “end homelessness” and was followed by spokespersons for other charities who are working towards the same goal: M.U.S.T Hostel, Men’s Aid, Samaritans, Depaul, Embrace NI and a few other charities who aim to help those found in difficult situations based around homelessness.

An extremely beneficial part of the event was when Grace Price and Rory Gervin, reformed homeless people, told their story. This gave the…

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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