At our meeting on 18 January, James Dunbar from the Simon Community spoke to us about homelessness in Portadown. Members were surprised to learn that being homeless doesn’t mean rough sleeping. While there are a couple of rough sleepers in Portadown, many more homeless people are housed in hostels. James’ enthusiasm for the people he works with was very clear. He understands their needs but still recognises them as individuals who need respect and support. There are many ways we can help the homeless in Portadown and we will discuss options at our next meeting.