One November day in 1966 I got up to get ready for school. Going downstairs for breakfast I found my parents discussing a play they had seen on the television the previous evening and how it had moved them. That play was Cathy Come Home, a hard hitting drama highlighting homelessness and how easy it was in those days for a hardworking young family to find themselves made homeless through no fault of their own.
I wasn’t old enough to watch Cathy Come Home first time around but I have seen it since and I bet if you haven’t seen it you have heard of it.
A few days after that screening, Shelter was launched not to provide short term roofs over people’s heads but to advise and campaign so that everybody can have somewhere safe to sleep – a home, in other words.
That was nearly 50 years ago and although the law has changed in the intervening years with more protection for tenants, homelessness still affects many families and individuals for many different reasons. 50 years later there is still a need for Shelter.
I know I am fortunate. I have been able to work and provide a home for my children but homelessness could just as easily have happened to me – or worse, to my children.
I count myself lucky to be part of the Berwins family and to work for a company that cares. Yes, we have our “care, passion, accessibility, ownership, teamwork” maxim that we remember daily in our work for clients and for each other but Berwins also cares enough to do something to make a difference to our world. Thanks to an incredible team leading the way, you will have plenty of opportunities during 2016 to help us and we’ll have fun along the way - watch out on our website.
Help us to help Shelter celebrate 50 years.
Written by Diane Scott of Berwins Solicitors.