Jeremy Corbyn has championed the efforts of a school marking a decade of opening its doors to the homeless over the holiday season.
Homelessness was a key part of a discussion between the MP for Islington North and students at the School of the Arts and Media on Friday, as awareness of a range of charities took center stage .
Turle Road School has welcomed more than 200 people into its building and off the streets over the course of a decade. It opens its doors in a refuge for 10 days each year after the end of the term in December.
The homeless charity Crisis has been running the program at the school since 2007,
Student Porshia Johnson chose MP’s brain on the subject during her visit.
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“The school has made a very important commitment to supporting homeless people in the community,” said Corbyn.
“I spoke with an audience member who was at school over the holiday season and he told me it was the best Christmas he has ever had.
“So I want to thank the school for everything they have done.”
The Labor leader also cited Ken Loach’s film Cathy Come Home as a key social document of the housing crisis of the 1960s.
“I don’t want to live in a society that relies on food banks and where people beg on the streets,” he added. “We are totally committed to ending homelessness.
“Low-income workers are forced to leave the borough because of the high rents.
“I want to give municipalities more power to provide 100% social housing and take over empty properties.”
Director Susan Service said, “The nurtured ability of our students to understand the social concerns championed by charities is a key to their development as respectful and responsible young citizens in society.
“I am very proud of them – they are a credit to our school.
“We are a caring community and this is recognized by Ofsted, and we were once again rated ‘good’ in November. “
James Whittington-Phillips received praise after his fundraising efforts for the British Heart Foundation resulted in the school receiving a CPR kit that will help young people learn vital skills.
The grade 10 students, represented by Arianna King and Aaliyah Murrian in the morning, chose Save the Children as a charity because they believe that “every child has the right to food, shelter, a family, a family. education and a career, whatever its origin ”.
The Double Act Anjelique Lee and Shuana Maragh spoke passionately about their work for Solace Women’s Aid – a charity focused on reducing violence against women.
Another homeless charity, along with Crisis, supported is Shelter. Jude Leeke has acted as a spokesperson for 8th grade students who are trying to raise awareness of people living on the streets.