RESTART Film 2016

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 in Home
RESTART Film 2016

We are very excited to be able to launch our new film. Hope you are having a great build up to Christmas, there are many less fortunate people who’ve been sleeping on the street. At Restart we work on a shoestring budget to help as many re-engage with society. If you can spare a few […]

Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 in Home
Alcohol-related crime, lost output and ill health costs UK £52bn a year

Doctors are urging Philip Hammond to raise the price of alcohol to tackle the “scourge” of drink-related harm after it emerged that crime, ill health and lost productivity cost up to £52bn a year, far more than previously thought. They want the chancellor to increase the price of cheap, potent drinks such as high-strength white […]

RESTART Film 2016

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 in Home
RESTART Film 2016

Pete Gibbons, one of our trustees, and RESTART’s font of film making, media production, is putting together a film that captures who we are, what we do, and a little of how we do it. We would love for you all to be able to share this with your friends, family and colleagues. Please support […]

Homeless village to be built in Edinburgh

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 in Home
Homeless village to be built in Edinburgh

Scotland’s first village for homeless people is to be built in Edinburgh next year. Social Bite said 10 homes would be built in Granton to provide a low cost, safe environment for up to 20 people. The social enterprise said it wanted to create a model to end the “vicious cycle” of homelessness. Work on […]

Homelessness and mental health conditions to be supported by hardship fund

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 in Home
Homelessness and mental health conditions to be supported by hardship fund

Jobseekers who are homeless or suffering from a mental health condition can access hardship payments immediately after a benefit sanction. Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green will today announce that jobseekers who are homeless or suffer from a mental health condition will now be able to access hardship payments immediately if they receive a benefit […]

A Five Year Story of Hope

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 in Home
A Five Year Story of Hope

October 2011, and life had the feel of a story that was becoming darker and darker every day, for Phil. The lifeline of the Winter Nightshelter provided him with some respite and the opportunity to meet with us at ReAct. Sharing a quick bite to eat on Saturday evenings and then sharing life stories as […]

Homelessness can only really be tackled if people have somewhere to go

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 in Home
Homelessness can only really be tackled if people have somewhere to go

When I first told the council I was homeless I was 16. It was cold, dark and I was alone. I didn’t have any belongings, but I had been staying at friends’ houses so I was clean and hadn’t been sleeping rough. I was forced to declare myself homeless when a brick was thrown through […]

I was homeless but denied help. No one should be turned away

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 in Home
I was homeless but denied help. No one should be turned away

Last Friday, the homelessness reduction bill came before parliament for its second reading. The private members’ bill presented by Conservative MP Bob Blackman would make sure no one is refused help because they’re not considered a “priority”. I hope that as many MPs as possible will back it, because this is what happened to me. In 2015, I became homeless […]

Ken Loach: ‘If you’re not angry, what kind of person are you?’

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Home
Ken Loach: ‘If you’re not angry, what kind of person are you?’

Ken Loach sits with his hands clutching his chair for dear life, his head shrinking into his shoulders, a skinny question mark of a man. Never did a man appear so diffident. And then he opens his mouth. Loach has spent the past half-century making films that shake with anger, and is just about to […]

Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 in Home
Wealthy San Francisco tech investors bankroll bid to ban homeless camps

A tent on a sidewalk is the only place thousands of San Franciscans have to call home. But if a few of the city’s tech billionaires and millionaires have their way, even that shelter could be taken away. Sequoia Capital chairman Michael Moritz, tech angel investor Ron Conway, and hedge-fund investor William Oberndorf have donated […]