From population growth to careers to cultural influences:
Access to Affordable Housing and End Rough Sleeping
A Circular Housing System
Based on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation suggestion for building a circular economy, my proposal is to eradicate homelessness within 5 years by applying the same principles. Simply put the model is to Recycle and Reuse, Regenerate and finally Design Out homelessness. Initially this may involve housing 'donations', creating employment where there is a level of disused housing and finally creating a housing system that reflects the current and predicted birth and death rates. I can draw this...
Status: Developed strategy and delivery models with homelessness serviced detailed here.
Blog on Homelessness
A New Type of Prison System
It's not just about re-offending, it's about the cause of the original offence. Was the reason frustration, jealousy, need or something else? How could we intervene prior to the first offence and prevent the descent into prosecution? Could prisons become a centre of learning, particularly around entrepreneurship? Could we reduce sentences and use the money saved to provide a start up grant for 'prisoners' on release to enable them to start a genuinely new life with a genuine plan?
Status: To be explored with educators, probation services and the police service
Prevention of Health Issues in an Aging Population
Prioritising Health & Fitness
A simple, but potentially effective idea, to increase individual investment in health and fitness is to remove VAT from sports clothes, gym memberships, slimming clubs etc. The cost of a healthier lifestyle soon mounts up and could be a deterrent for those on lower incomes or families having to budget carefully.
Status: Present to local MP as a proposal
A Public Health Approach to Violence
Eradicating the Motive
From funding the police force to increasing opportunity for all to establishing a social service system that actually works, we should be able to dispel violence in our community. Social Services seems a good place to start, introducing training for our young people in the worst affected areas. We could demonstrate alternatives to joining the gang culture and support positive choices, such as those encouraged overseas by Kenco in Coffee vs Gangs.
Status: Looking for a partner to help fund and deliver the training.
Blog on Crime Prevention