AS someone involved in voluntary work with homeless people in Hereford I received a phone call one Saturday afternoon from a member of the public who had come across a homeless person outside St Peter’s Church in the city centre.

 I went to talk to them. Because family relationships had broken down, he had been sleeping in a tent for the last two weeks.


 There were issues of mental illness, as well as drug and alcohol addiction. 

He had appealed for help to the local authority but been told he was “not a priority”. 

I wonder what constitutes a priority? There is an emergency number for emergency help, but past experience tells me it does not actually produce immediate help, rather, “come to Blueschool House on Monday”.


One could add “if you are still alive”. There are caring people around, but few resources. 



What are your thoughts?

You can send a letter to the editor to have your say by clicking here.

Letters should not exceed 250 words and local issues take precedence.