To me SMART HUB - Somewhere Safe To Stay
in Water Eaton, will always be The Bridge House -
Bridge Over Troubled Water. The Hub is run by SMART a
loving, caring organisation offering emergency overnight
accommodation for our rough-sleeping friends. This is
an organisation I have previously worked with in a very
small way, it is an organisation I have a lot of respect
for, it has a deep understanding of the situation. I want to
do more to help.
I have an idea for something which I
initially ran by SMART in early February 2020. I am here on
this web page brainstorming my thinking, inviting others to
contribute and for SMART to see if, together, we can all
make this work.
I want to offer something positive,
something happy and fun to take the minds of my friends off
their lot in life. Drug and alcohol issues go hand in hand
with being homeless and rough-sleeping, there is no shame in
that the addict is a victim. Society has to be aware of
People can write poems, write short
stories, write fiction write their autobiographies. When a
person writes they write for their own pleasure, if someone
reads what they have written then that is a bonus, if that
reader enjoys what he reads then we are talking a double
Beyond that we could blog what friends
write, as an accepted Amazon author we could edit
contributions and publish them, either either anonymously,
under a pen name or using the writer's real name. Nothing,
of course, would happen without full consent and a proper
understanding of what will happen to the writing.
Within the work I do trying to raise
awareness of drug issues in Milton Keynes it is essential
that public perception change. An addict is NOT a bad person
but a victim, a victim of hideous crime. Personal
stories may help arouse awareness, it may help the victim.
This is actually outside my expertise and something which
would have to be thoroughly and carefully discussed with
I am thinking for the club, it can be for
two or as many friends as are interested, to happen on a
Friday morning. There is a room available in a local
community centre available for hire at a modest cost. We
will have to factor in transport to and from the meeting
place, basic writing materials and I would like the session
to end with a chill out time with a coffee shop or snack at
McDonald's. I do know that grant funding is available.
The project could start as soon as SMART
would like it to.
is my thing but if this initial project works we could have
other activities: art, craft, painting, music, anything.
This is very much a skeleton of an idea
right now, an ambition, I will tell SMART of this page but
in order to move from the ambition stage to making it happen
I am inviting your thoughts.