A fair while ago i started a thread called homeless ex squaddies, well now i am fit enough to carry on i thought i would give you all a quick update of whats going on and ask for volunteers to help in any way they can. On friday 21 december through to the 22 december i have planned a sleep out on the streets of London to help raise awareness of the plight of ex service men and women who are homeless and to try and kick start all the political parties into doing something about it. A lot of you may not be aware that ex HM Forces are actively discriminated against when trying to get social housing from local authoraties on the basis that they have not lived in the area so why should they help, also on the assumption that they have not contributed to the community. Also not taken into account is the high number of cases of mental health issues from ptsd to mild depression, suffered by the ex serviceman/women, in a high proportion of cases it is why some are homeless and not able to adapt into the routine that is normal for civilians At the moment myself and five kids will be collecting in the west end for ssaffa to try and raise some money, we will also be giving away our sleeping bags and spare winter clothing, i have a friend with a burger van who will give out hot drinks and soup to the homeless free, we pay but the money goes into the bucket at the end. This is not a political event its just us helping to highlight the way these guys are treated, of course any publicity would help and i will be letting ITN,SKY and the BBC whats happening. There are a lot of things to be sorted out such as liasing with the met police and local council. Everyone is welcome and if you have spare winter clothing and doss bags then they would be more than welcome because it will be making an immediate impact for the homeless. If you want to attend either by sleeping out,collecting or just for moral support then please pm me or add a post to this thread, that way i can let the met know of our numbers. If there is anyone out there who can design and print some leaflets that would be appreciated and i will be asking the forces charities if they could supply helpline numbers on cards that we could hand out, as for myself i could do with a bit of help too so once again if interested pm me. I will now keep you informed on this thread that way i cant get the numbers mixed up from before, I hope we get a good turn out and hope to meet a lot of you there.