The night scene of any town or city can get pretty disorientating when your senses are shot. Whether that be due to the cheap shots that were too hard to resist, the “little pick me up” your friend said would make the night fabulous or a combination of the two. The centre of Bournemouth is no different. About sixteen years ago a group of Christians decided they wanted to help the dazed, in danger and confused patrons of the Bournemouth nightlife. They set up the Nightclub Chaplaincy. Continue reading
The atrocities in Syria, like most major events, fade in and out of focus for many of us. We so often rely on what our favourite news organisations tell us the most important stories are. The most recent surfacing of Syrian news made me pause though. The other day I woke up to a Twitter feed full of starving Syrians.
Not just a place to live, for that’s just somewhere to put your possessions and to sleep at the end of the day, but a home. A home where unconditional love surrounds you. Where you are safe. Where you can thrive and grow. That is what most of us want, even if the desire is buried deep. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case all the time. Most of us are loved by someone, but human love isn’t perfect. At times it gets corrupted, or appears to have ceased altogether. The most heart breaking of these occasions is when it happens to children. A child’s home can shatter or never even be formed for a variety of reasons. From abuse and neglect to a parents illness rendering them unable to care for their child. Whatever the cause, between April 2014 and March 2015, 31,070 children and young people became “looked after” in England. A figure that has increased year on year for the last four years. Local authorities work hard for the best of each of the children in their care ( there are 69,540 across England) but what happens to those who can’t find the place where they fit? They move from foster (or residential) home to foster home, increasing their distrust and dislike for everyone involved in the process. Continue reading