Right I'm only getting a tiny taster of homelessness I'll level with you... But some of the reactions I've been having in central Oxford really have driven it home, if you're involved with Oxfordshire Youth and you're just out of school battling for a job, or homeless battling to get by. It sucks. Here's how I got that taster....
From my previous blog you know I'm searching out for alternative propeties in Oxford centre so I'm getting a taste of work-homelessness. dont worry Im not moving in the near future!
So I walk the street, get all the addresses of empty preopeties or rooms above shops. walk in ask for the landlord's contact details (eventually the agents number or the college is pointed at). Call up agencies who are usually nice, if you mention pop ups sometime they freeze up. Sometimes they are incredibly snooty. And that's only when I mention the word 'yoga'! Not even when I mention 'homeless' or 'job seeker'
The cheek of an 'innovation centre' to not even pass me through to someone who could give me the sq ft details??? Presuming to refer me to 'village halls' and telling me my clients would not suit their centre. I'm sorry. Innovation centre? Well Yoga Quota by definition is innovative. Grr. I immediately realised that as soon as a person who is homeless mentions that they don't have an address the same walls come up. As soon as I mentioned my classes were for homeless people or youth groups then, 'my clients wouldn't suit it'!!!!
I'm scared now to call up the colleges who seem to own the whole of Oxford but I'm going to go for it. This trepidation I'm feeling even though I've got a face 'that fits' and an accent that the BBC would have approved of 30 yrs ago.
Now taking the youth groups I'm working with on Friday, they may not have a stable home, an accent that opens doors or a face that fits- so their jobs search is going to be frostier than my landlord search! At least they can have a go at yoga on Friday, and see if it gives them the centred-positivity that will help.
Off my soap box now and into the positives- Lush's enduring cool-ness to have me in their rooms and yoga has been keeping me going!
We're well into the yoga quota for the Wembly High School London and soon will be working towards Yellow Submarine for adults with learning difficulties.
If you guys have more suggestions for community classes- please get in touch- Yellow Submarine was the idea of dr Jim Johnson and I'm so grateful! You can shape your yoga quota keep the suggestions flooding in!
P.S . Remember Yoga Quotees not to worry I'm in the studio for the foreseeable. But if you know of another shop open for pop ups let me know!