Remember the date! Friday 16th December 2016 we are hosting a Christmas event for our homeless friends in London. Our Christmas event will be outdoors and will include a Gospel Choir, hats, party food, cakes, sweeties, lots of fun and a few special surprises!
Mindfulness is all about being in the moment. About thinking only of the situation you are in, focussing on your breathing and quieting the random thoughts flitting through your head. Now try to imagine the opposite of mindfulness... when you are sitting on a piece of cardboard in wet clothes, trying to figure out when the rain will stop and where's the best place to try and bed down tonight and whether there's enough in the tin you've been rattling in between juggling to buy you a hot meal. When the last place you want to be is 'in the moment', when everything you desire is to be somewhere else. Somewhere warm, somewhere dry, somewhere safe...
Every time I go to work on the train I pass the homeless in the car park, underpasses and station forecourt in one of the most prosperous cities in one of the richest countries in the world. I've had a safe and sound sleep in a warm clean comfy bed. I've had coffee and breakfast then a hot shower and clean clothes. I wouldn't be able to do my job if I'd just crawled out of a dirty sleeping bag in the gutter. Or if I hadn't had electricity to prepare on my computer or charge my phone.
I recently got chatting with the team at Breakfast In A Bag on Twitter after I saw a tweet from them about their new website. We spoke about the time I was living on the streets of London and how I wished they had been around with their breakfast bags when I was there in 2011, it would’ve saved me crawling to London Bridge for a fish sandwich for breakfast! I have written a number of books now, but not all are available to the general public. I am writing more books all the time. I hope you enjoy reading this exclusive excerpt from The Wanderer’s Diary Book 1.
Breakfast In A Bag, a not-for-profit community initiative, has been launched by Enfield’s Michelle Clark to provide free, healthy breakfasts to London's homeless. Funded by public donations with additional support from food manufacturers and supermarkets, the project was conceived by Michelle after she’d identified a huge gap in the services available to the homeless in the city. According to figures released by the Combined Homelessness Information Network (CHAIN) over 7.500 people slept on London’s streets in 2015, a huge rise from 3.673 in 2009/2010. It seems inevitable that there will be a further increase this year.
We’re featured on Metro Online! One crucial way of raising awareness of the Breakfast In A Bag initiative is to secure some precious media coverage and this is something that we work quite hard on behind the scenes. We were thrilled when earlier today we were contacted by a journalist from Metro Online who’d seen one of our tweets and was really intrigued and impressed by the work we’re doing for London’s homeless. Within an hour we’d emailed over the press release about our launch, had a quick chat on the phone and the article was online being read and shared by The [...]
Hari Mountford Interviews Our Founder Michelle Clark Hari Mountford’s a blogger. Hari’s also a London exploring, coffee drinking, cocktail sipping, culturally curious twenty-something whose pockets are, unfortunately, not as deep as her desire to delve into the nooks and crannies of the capital. Her brilliant blog ‘London’s My Lobster’ plays host to comment pieces, reviews and suggestions of how best to get to know the city on a budget, and hopefully avoid the tourist throngs. We were thrilled when Hari contacted us and asked if she could write about Breakfast In A Bag and interview our founder Michelle Clark. Pop over to Hari’s blog [...]
Michael’s Arsenal Dream Comes True! Michael’s a gooner, a diehard Arsenal fan, he always has been and he always will be. Michael’s also someone that Michelle Clark, founder of BIAB, has been supporting through her Off The Streets London outreach programme. Recently Michael told Michelle how his dream was to go to an Arsenal game, he’d never been and couldn’t imagine ever being able to afford to go the the Emirates Stadium and support the team he’s loved since he was a boy. So we told Michael’s story to our followers on Twitter. What happened next is remarkable. One of our [...]
Help #BIAB On Social Media - Top Twitter Tips Without our friendly army of followers on Twitter we simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do. When Michelle Clark first launched Breakfast In A Bag she self-funded many of the items to ensure London’s homeless enjoyed a kick start to their day. Soon several food manufacturers became involved and helped us with donations of various items for the bags. But it is the financial donations that will ensure Breakfast In A Bag’s ongoing success and these will only continue to come in if we keep spreading the word and attract new followers [...]
What’s In A Bag? When Michelle Clark started Breakfast In A Bag her intention was always to make the breakfasts as healthy as possible. Sleeping on the streets almost inevitably means a very poor diet and she wanted to give each homeless person who received a breakfast bag the best possible start to their day. The contents of each bag may vary depending on which foodstuffs have been donated in large quantities by our Product Partners, what’s available on a special offer locally or online & which fresh fruits etc are in season and readily available. All bags will typically include cereal or [...]