Shelter’s big red bottom


Last week I went to an exhibition at the OXO tower featuring some of the 5000 people who have sat in Shelter’s big red chair.

Shelter is trying to get across the message that there are more than a million children suffering homelessness or bad housing in Britain today (almost half of whom live in London). They are calling on the government to make a pledge to end bad housing for the next generation of children, and, as a first step, to increase the number of new social rented homes.

This is an awareness campaign, rather than a money raising campaign–many people don’t imagine that in our beautiful and well-off country, children’s lives are being wrecked by bad housing. It goes beyond getting a decent flat: some kids can’t get a school place or register with a doctor due to their housing situation.

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1 Comment so far

  1. sonia (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    Yep its pretty crap, good to see some awareness-raising work. I’m glad to see posts on this theme – too many people imagine London simply as that ‘world-class city’ with trendy zone 1 bars. the reality of london is terribly different. Interestingly, i thought i’d draw attention to something else you might like to feature on this blog. GMTV and the Big Lottery Fund have joined up for the People’s Millions bid – where the public has a say in how the Lottery money gets spent. it aired this morning i think – but the voting lines open this weekend. one of the projects featured is a Safer Communities type project across many neighbourhoods in the country -but one of them is Brixton. I’m sure a lot of Londoners will be interested ( and prob. dont get to watch GMTV cos its too early or they’re rushing off to work!)

    i got mugged in camberwell only last weekend.. and im sure there are plenty of folks who’d like to hear about this.

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