This week, Vincent Kompany came on board with Andy B’s push for a bed every night. Even if you’re not into football (or worse, a Red), that is a big deal.
Vincent Kompany has nearly 3 million twitter followers and he commands respect. He is eloquent, passionate and devoted to Manchester. The reaction on social media looked like it might trigger the unstoppable wave that is the power of the crowd, as people who hadn’t previously got behind the effort, took notice.
There are 3 fundraising events planned over the coming year http://tackle4mcr.co.uk/ No idea what sort of money that will raise, but equally important is the profile and the people he will bring with him. Including, I hope, that elusive ‘crowd’.
We’ve seen the power of the crowd in Manchester, after the arena bombing, but we haven’t reached terminal velocity yet with our homelessness campaign.
Vincent Kompany’s campaign is called Tackle4Mcr. Great, another twitter handle, another hashtag. After a couple of days the Twitter account has less followers than me unfortunately, but football is a game of 2 halves etc etc. Be patient, Pete, be patient.
Much of the debate round solving homelessness revolves around funding, or lack of it. Today, I spent my first day shadowing a Shelter case worker, and was reminded that throwing money at the problem is not the be all and end all – homelessness is a community responsibility. We spent time with 2 men. The case worker has just enabled them to move into their own flats and we helped with the paperwork and organisation around utilities, Universal Credit, rent, furnishings and the like. I hope we also shared some simple humanity with people who bloody well need it. The attention to detail and the the simple love the case worker showed were so heartening. I was apprehensive about my day, but came away buzzing about what can be done. Relationships are just as important as funding.
We were in Ashton-under-Lyne and used The Station pub as a makeshift office and meeting point. Read this to know what a community response is, and weep. https://www.politicalprovocateur.uk/single-post/2018/02/07/We-Shall-Overcome-2018