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Teens aim to help Barnsley's homeless

Friday March 17 2017

YOUNG people will collect gloves, hats and scarves for homeless people in Barnsley tomorrow. 

Members of the NCS Youth Board - a group of 16 to 18-year-olds aiming to improve the local area through self funded projects - will decorate the trees in the Peace Gardens, opposite the Old Mill Lane, with the items.

Reidan Beachill, who has helped organise the effort said: "The amount of homeless people on the streets of Barnsley is on the rise and as a group, we feel that we should try our best to give comfort to those less fortunate then ourselves.

"People are asked to come along on the day and put the hats, gloves and scarves up themselves, but if they are unavailable - donations will be great fully received at the Barnsley FC Indoor Centre Reception."

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Reply Posted by Dean on Friday March 17 2017 at 11:39
Can we not decorate them with Housing application forms, job application forms, drug/ alcohol support service leaflets and a range of other informational products to help them out of the situation?

Rather than just saying 'OO you're going to be cold, here you go'

Reply Posted by Margaret Wilkinson on Friday March 17 2017 at 19:15
Dean, please appreciate that these are the youth of today! These teenagers are going out of their own way to help those less fortunate! I do not think it is appropriate to undermine them by leaving snyde comments about the stereotypical homeless person, as at the end of the day these teenagers are trying to provide what comfort they can - as stated in the article. Personally, I think it's a great idea as the temperature at night is still rather nippy, and the prolonged exposure to the cold and the harsh winds we've recently had can do nothing but make it feel colder!

Well done youth board, I for one amongst many welcome your efforts, and wish more young people had the loving hearts you all seem to possess.

God Bless.

Reply Posted by Dean on Monday March 20 2017 at 12:37
I think its better to try kill a problem, than allow it to continue. The teens are doing a good job, pity the adults who advised them of the best way forward chose this.

Reply Posted by Lola on Friday March 17 2017 at 20:08
We have our share of homeless in Barnsley, as does every other town. The reasons for this are varied and endless.....lack of social housing ...lack of private rental homes.....lack of pride in some instance's, and lack of care for people with mental health problems.

Reply Posted by Lazy Ken on Monday March 20 2017 at 14:23
No, Lola, there's only one reason for being homeless and that's that these lowlives would rather buy drugs than pay their rent. I have no sympathy for them.