The Passage’s mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives.We believe in a hand up, (as opposed to a handout) approach, and our work focuses on addressing the root causes that has led to someone becoming homeless, (e.g. addiction issues, etc), in the first place, to enable that person to address these issues and break the cycle of homelessness once and for all.
In relation to soup runs; The Passage is currently working with those who provide these services to see if there is a better way to serve those on the streets; by bringing such services inside to give people some dignity, (as opposed to having to queue in the outside elements for free food), and to look at how members of the wider community can support our work, (and that of other agencies) in finding other ways of preventing and dealing with homelessness. Whilst The Passage understands the frustration of Westminster City Council in dealing with the huge number of soup runs that arrive into Westminster from outside the borough every week, The Passage would rather see a solution that comes out of dialogue rather than legislation, and we will continue to work towards that goal.
With regard to legislation around rough sleeping for a large area in south Westminster; The Passage is proud of its work with many partner agencies, including our work with Westminster City Council, in making huge strides in dealing with the issue of rough sleeping. However, The Passage is not supportive of a byelaw to deal with rough sleeping, no matter how well intentioned.