I recently had the chance to meet up with the fantastic Breakfastclub , a volunteer kitchen dedicated to feeding local homeless and food impoverished people. They're on Chingford Mount Road every second Sunday. Wonderful local volunteers tackling homelessness and poverty the Chingford way.
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Meeting the volunteers was a privilege. To see how hard the team works to ensure homeless people have access to shelter and food during the weekends reminds me of how hard working and strong the community in Chingford can be.
I had the chance to speak to many of the visitors. Many are skilled. Some simply don't earn enough to provide for regular meals. The Breakfast club is a lifeline as there is currently little support for them in Chingford.
Homelessness is not inevitable in a country as decent and well off as ours. However, since 2010 the number of people sleeping rough in shop doorways and on park benches has more than doubled. This shames us all. There can be no excuses – it must end. Full stop.