A New Year and a time for pos­i­tive changes

Bray People - - OPINION - with Deb­o­rah Cole­man

WE are on the cusp of a new year and the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. A new year never fails to bring a breath of fresh air for most of us, a clean slate. All those bad habits we be­moan through­out the year will be taken in hand. We pledge our res­o­lu­tions and swear that we will see them through. This year, there is no room for fail­ure.

Like many Jan­uarys in the past most of us will kick the booze, sweet treats and make an at­tempt to pound the pave­ments to shed a few pounds, at the very least those we gained over a very jolly Christ­mas sea­son.

The new year does seem like the per­fect time to make changes for the bet­ter and to look at our lives and the di­rec­tion we want to take them in. While we all have our per­sonal goals there are also a lot of res­o­lu­tions we could make for the bet­ter as in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties and as a coun­try.

All the ex­perts seem to think we are out of re­ces­sion and that things are on the up but for count­less peo­ple life is harder than ever. Only re­cently has the is­sue of home­less­ness been given any proper at­ten­tion and sadly be­cause some­one had to die to get us all to wake up to the is­sue.

The prob­lem hasn’t be­come this bad overnight so for how long have peo­ple been cry­ing out for help with­out any ad­e­quate sup­ports and changes be­ing put into place?

We think of home­less peo­ple as those who are ly­ing in door­ways but the prob­lem it seems is even more wide­spread than this with in­di­vid­u­als and many fam­i­lies left with no roof over their head due to hous­ing trou­bles and spi­ralling rents.

The health ser­vice could also be given the ad­min­is­tra­tive equiv­a­lent of a full med­i­cal

such is the aw­ful mess it is in. When A&E de­part­ments are turn­ing peo­ple away just like a busy night­club we are in trou­ble.

The hos­pi­tal staff must be at their wits end to have to try and op­er­ate a func­tion­ing ser­vice with such a lack of re­sources.

This is a sit­u­a­tion which does not have the lux­ury of tak­ing time to clean up as peo­ple’s lives are at risk and the longer it takes the higher the risk.

With th­ese is­sues only a se­ri­ous and fo­cused ap­proach by po­lit­i­cal lead­ers will do, not the half-hearted Jan­uary diet.

Jan­uary 1-the start of a new year.

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