A poster on a Redbridge-i forum has raised the subject of homelessness in Wanstead, something which was mentioned in passing at the Area One committee last week. The post reads:
I am finding it both upsetting and surprising to see the incongruous site of beggars/homelss men in Wanstead High Street in the mornings on my commute to work. Twice in the past few months I have given some change. Although I am alwasy quite cynical of whethter they are genuine or not, my philosophy is that if you are desperate enough to be losing your diginity by having to asking people for money, then there must be at least something wrong…and besides, it’s only a few quid. I am wondering where these guys are coming from, as leafy Wanstead is hardly the place you expect to see them, and I would imagine that because this is the case, Wanstead doesn’t have many facilities in place to direct these guys to…such as hostels, support services etc. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could tell these guys to go to get help within walking distance of Wanstead High Street?
With suddenly much colder nights, the last point deserves some useful information if Wansteadium readers can share, via the comments form below.