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My Speech at the House of LordsCreated by Tizzy in Tizzy B's Blog
The morning of the 9th October was spent practising my speech for the House of Lords. I got it down to 2 minutes 40 seconds. I had three minutes in total. My speech was on the Business Action on Homelessness programme and I had been given specific instructions on the subjects they wanted to be covered. There were 96 people in the audience from 65 different companies 48 of which were not involved in the programme.
I started talking at 16.25, vcialis 40mg rather later than planned and after introducing myself and my job said:
“Business Action on Homelessness is written into my job description and I have had some challenges over the years. I had a “client” who had not long come out of long term care. She had clearly never been nurtured or taught the basics of acceptable social behaviour. She was legendary for her lateness, didn’t know what a bin was for and answered the ‘phone “’ELLO” (said mimicking holding a telephone to my ear). I spent more time with her than any other client before or since.
I had arranged to take her on a site tour of the Kings Cross Regeneration Project where she had been working. I turned up at 10am and left at 12.30. Apparently she turned up at 12.45. Later that day I telephoned her, I was not a happy bunny and told her she was wasting her time, my time and the time of everyone trying to help her. There followed a conversation where I seemed to turn into her mother, telling her off as if she was one of my own. The following day she turned up for work on time, genuinely showed an interest, worked exceptionally well and impressed everyone to the extent that her “buddy” telephoned me to ask me what I had said to her! Such a shame it was her last day with us. (Audience groaned)
Now I must admit I do like a challenge but Lauren and Sarah (the two BAOH Managers who allocate the clients) I really don’t want to be the only one getting the challenges. Most placements however go smoothly, of course not all clients complete their placements but those who do have an invaluable experience. Our staff also feel they have had an invaluable experience as borne out by the two, two week placements offered to Sam, a serving prisoner during July and August. We are hoping to employ Sam when she leaves prison.
Finally to those of you who do not currently take part in the programme, you should try it. I know from experience albeit thirty years ago, there but for the grace of God go all of us…………..
Following me was a gorgeous looking girl in a striking red dress who spoke about the job she has as a trainee surveyor and how only eighteen months ago she was on the street. You would never have believed it with her designer dress, heels and handbag. Another speaker told of how he spent six years in prison and was finding it difficult to even get an interview when he was offered an IT apprenticeship after a two week placement. He is 37 and under the terms of his release cannot move back to his home surroundings so was living in a dingy room, very depressed and feeling sorry for himself. He is in his sixth week of apprenticeship and expressed his gratitude for somone believing in him. His speech was very amusing.
Inspirational people and they and the others who try so hard is why the Business Action on Homelessness programme is so dear to my heart.”