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EDITORIAL COMMENTWe understand that, in common with wardmaids, the night staff have had difficulties in obtaining copies of The Standard. Should we run off more copies, or is this a problem which can be left to Charges and Sisters now that it has been brought up? Our irregular appearances are now, hopefully, a thing of the past, and we trust that our apologies to everyone who has been inconvenienced will be taken as read.
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AROUND THE HOSPITAL
'Shelter'Mr. D. Lynn, a lecturer in Sociology at Padgate Training College, spoke on 26th April on the development and work of this organisation to senior nursing staff in the In-service Training Room. In an entertaining and often forthright way Mr. Lynn left no one in any doubt of the size of the problem of the homeless, and the obstacles which lie in the way of its resolution. He gave a brief history of the foundation and motivation of 'Shelter' (remember 'Cathy come Home'?) and outlined the three main aspects of its work - provision of accommodation, agitation for more attention to the problem, and education of the general public. As a charity 'Shelter' relies on fundraising and voluntary help for the most part, but as housing, or the lack of it, is a political problem the charity status could be jeopardised by too great an emphasis on the political side. Nevertheless, while a greater degree of co-ordination at local goverment level is highly desirable, the only long-term solution is more and cheaper houses. In some areas 'Shelter' has been able to negotiate a legalised squatting system with the local council, whereby voluntary help is used to improve near-derelict property so that families in desperate circumstances can move in. (Apparently it is not uncommon for councils to split up families and take the children into care, even where the cost exceeds that of rehousing them as 'Shelter' does.) A series of slides emphasized the cost of the housing problem in human terms. Shortage of time curtailed a lively question and answer session, and those present warmly seconded Mr. Critchley's vote of thanks for a most interesting and thought-provoking lecture.
J.C.C. Staff Side Dance
In the Recreation Hall, Friday May 25th, 8.00 pm - 1.00 am.