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Homelessness Awareness Week

The Bristol Homelessness Awareness Week (February 18-25) aims to raise awareness of homelessness, those at risk of becoming homeless and the issues facing rough sleepers. This year the specific focus is on help and early intervention. The aim is to encourage people to look out for each other, spot the early warning signs and take action.
 
The week will get underway with a multi-media exhibition entitled Cause and Complexity which features contributions from a range of local artists, including those with a personal experience of homelessness. The exhibition aims to engage both artist and viewer with diverse causes and often complex circumstances which can lead to and perpetuate homelessness. 
 
Exhibition organiser Roxanne Courtney said: "Cause and Complexity is a direct, creative response from local artists, to raise awareness of homelessness in Bristol. “I hope the exhibition challenges the stigma and stereotypes associated with homelessness, and encourages people to look deeper at our changing society, and the reasons behind the dramatic increase of people pushed out onto the streets." 
 
Week Activities:
20 February, 1:30pm-7pm, Launch event - Cause and Complexity Exhibition, Gallery Space, The Island, Nelson St, Bristol, BS1 2LE
20 February, 2pm-5pm, Intro to Forum Theatre: Cardboard Citizens, Bristol Foyer, 2A Victoria St, Bristol, BS1 6DT
21-25 February, 12pm-7pm, Cause and Complexity Exhibition, Gallery Space, The Island, Nelson St, Bristol, BS1 2LE
24 February, 11am-2pm, Women’s Homelessness Pathway Group Information Fair, Triodos Bank, Deanery Road, Bristol, BS1 5AS 
24-25 February, 10pm-7am, Sleep Out, Pip n'Jay Church, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0ET
 
During the week, 18 freestanding mirrors will pop up in The Galleries, Cabot Circus and City Hall encouraging people to take a closer look at their mental health, relationships and finances. The mirrors aim to encourage people to take early action if they think there is any chance they could be in danger of becoming homeless. The week will culminate in the annual sponsored Sleep Out, which is being organised by the Bristol Homeless Forum. Around 250 people are expected to take part in the event.
 
If you are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless, help is available on the council’s website at http://www.bristol.gov.uk/homeless
Posted: 12:32 on 16-02-17