Every day I hear about issues in my clients life that often make me think, "This would be so easy to fix if only London had....."
There are many amazing agencies in this beautiful city that are doing so much for our community. I regularly work with people who are consistently striving to make London a better home for all who live here. I have seen some amazing start-ups and I have heard ideas here and there for ways we can help our low-income neighbours.
I work very closely with people who often need very practical assistance. We sometimes overthink and over plan how to help those who are struggling, but often we forget the little things that can make a huge difference. I've made a small list of my own dreams for very practical solutions that could make a huge difference in the communities I work with.
1. A temporary shelter for pets. Too many times I have seen people abandon their beloved pets because they won't have permanent housing for a couple weeks and they cant take their animals to their temporary housing options. Many animals are abandoned for this reason, or their owners decide not to move to a better home for fear of losing their pets. If there was a place where one could leave their pets for up to a month at a time for a very low cost it would make a huge difference.
2. A stroller/carseat rental program. Many of my clients who are expecting their first child are particularly nervous about how they will be able to purchase a car seat. They are required to have a new car seat in order to take their baby home. If there was a rental program for those who don't own cars but need to get their baby home after delivery this would take away huge amounts of anxiety.
3. Mobile Counselors. I have a few clients who have expressed interest in meeting with a counselor or social worker, but they often miss their appointments because they don't have bus fare or childcare. If the workers could go directly to someone's house or to somewhere in walking distance to the client that would be amazing!
4. Apartment Listings for Youth. It can be really hard for a young person to navigate on their own how to find an affordable apartment. If there was one website that had listings of landlords/apartments that are willing to rent to youth it would make the process faster and easier.
These are just some ideas- anyone else have suggestions from your own observations?