Dear readers, I’m so sorry that I didn’t blog last week, my daughter had a baby last week and I had to be with her. Both mum and baby are doing well now thankfully, it got a tad scary at one point.
Anyway its that time of year when it’s continuously cold and depressing, its hard to see an end to it. Winter is also a very expensive time of year as well, heating, warm meals, clothing etc all costs money and it’s very hard to keep up with this.
Please keep in mind those who can’t afford to heat their homes and cook their meals. None of us can take this for granted remember most of us are one payslip away from this ourselves.
Today I had some really interesting conversations with the people that were waiting for their food parcels to arrive. Even though most of them are hungry, cold and have just started to access local services that will help them, their concerns were for other people.
Most of them told me that they were trying to help others that are in a worse position than themselves, they know the score, they realise that asking for help can be a very hard thing to do.
We spoke about the people that I knew in common who are no longer with us, they died as a result of the government’s cruel policies. It’s heartbreaking to realise that so many people have died.
As I handed out the food parcels I was asked if I had any milk. I replied that I didn’t and I only had a pound to my name. I did give this to a man who was in greater need of milk than myself. He was so happy that he could have a hot cuppa at home, believe me this makes such a difference to a persons life.
Today we spoke to many people, all of which were struggling in one way or another. I felt so frustrated that we had ran out of food parcels and couldn’t offer anyone else one. No one will go without next week.
We spoke to an older man that had been made redundant two weeks ago. He’s started the process of claiming universal credit, but he’s confident that he will find another job. He’s an engineer and I really do hope that he finds a new job.
We had a short conversation with a man that had told us previously that he had a job interview. Sadly he didn’t get the job and his hope for a better future has been diminished for now. Knock backs like this are awful and can really set a person back.
We had a conversation with a man that has previously told us that he’s having a hard time with the universal credit system. We asked him how it was going and he replied saying “Terrible especially now that the Tory party are in power again”
He isn’t wrong though, we’ve got at least another five years of this cruelty and we’ve lost any chance of stopping the governments cruelty.
We had a lovely conversation with a man that we’ve been talking to for years. He can’t read or write so is finding job searching very difficult as you can imagine. This week he had some good news though. He has a job interview and he’s looking forward to it.
I really hope that he does get this job not only. For his wellbeing but for his confidence also. Good luck to everyone out there that have job interviews in the coming week and month.
We had several conversations with other people all of who are finding life hard at the moment and their struggles are always on my mind. When I don’t see someone that I regularly see then I worry like I’m sure that you would, but I also hope that they’ve reached the end of their struggles and have happier times ahead.
We are doing something right though, a local organisation asked us for some leaflets to hand to their clients. Our survival guides have been a massive success and I’m so thankful for them.
We will be returning again next week to help more people. Please can I ask you to read, share, tweet, email my blog? The more people that read it the better because believe it or not there are people that don’t believe that this cruelty is happening.
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A massive thank you to everyone that has supported my campaign and the blog. Solidarity, one day we will have a better world to live in.