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Scrap the 1824 Vagrancy Act

From Crisis.org.uk Homelessness should not be a crime. But the Vagrancy Act, which goes back to 1824, makes it a crime just to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales. Crisis, Cymorth Cymru, Homeless Link, Shelter Cymru, St Mungo’s, the Wallich and all the #ScraptheAct campaign supporters are calling for the Vagrancy Act be scrapped. The Vagrancy Act does nothing to resolve the root causes of homelessness. In fact, it’s more likely to push someone further from the vital services that help them to move away from the streets. Download the campaign briefing. The Government is soon to review the Vagrancy Act, but hasn’t said that they will repeal it – yet. Until they do, vulnerable people will continue to be pushed...

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The Positive Pop Up By Mamoq: 23rd May - 2nd June

Click here to go to register for free and get 10% off in store Champions of sustainable fashion and positivity, MAMOQ have invited Hopeful to be a part of a one of a kind pop up in London and you are all invited. FROM MAMOQ: MAMOQ are bringing the feel-good factor back into fashion this spring at our positive pop-up shop in Shoreditch, London. This May 23 – June 2 we're incredibly excited to invite you to join us as we take our unique collection of sustainable and ethical fashion to the high street for the very first time! Come say hello, check out our collections, chat to us about all things sustainable and join in our evening events filled with...

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Je Ne Sais Quoi of the Month by Oatly

Photography by Alice Schoolcraft I had the pleasure of chatting with Oatly about the Hopeful journey and how it almost came to an early end due to problems with my own mental health.APRIL: CHARLIE WRIGHT, HOPEFUL TRADERSThis is Charlie Wright, founder of what we think is an amazing organization called Hopeful Traders. It’s a social arts project and ethical clothing brand based in London that collaborates with artists affected by homelessness and mental illness to raise money for charities chosen by those artists. We recently spent time with Charlie at his offices in London and here is some of that conversation... READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Mum's Day Social Enterprise Gift Ideas

My Mum's great and I'm sure a lot of yours are too. She will pretty much do anything to support me and has been for over 28 years and so selflessly intended are all her efforts that even the smallest gesture of appreciation can make her day.⁣ Why not treat your Mum this mothers day to a gift that gives back with one of these beautiful gifts from social enterprises.⁣ 1. Luxury hand wash and lotion by The Soap CoThe Soap Co products are lovingly hand made by people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged. For those who maybe can't afford the £23 gift set, they have products starting from £7.⁣ 2. Recycled Notebooks by Hopeful TradersThese A5 notebooks were...

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5 Reasons Why We Use Organic Cotton

All Hopeful Traders apparel uses organic or recycled materials with many of our products being made from 100% organic cotton. This sounds very nice but what actual difference does it make? 1. IT'S GOOD FOR GROWERS⁣Organic cotton uses no toxic pesticides, which are harmful to farmers and their communities. Pesticides are not just harmful to those coming into direct contact but they often find their way into surrounding water supplies.⁣ 2. IT USES LESS WATER⁣1kg of organic cotton requires 7,000 litres of water whereas conventional cotton requires 20,000. That means one organic sweatshirt (around 500g) requires around 6,500 litres less water to produce.⁣ 3. IT DOESN'T POLLUTE THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT⁣The intensive use of pesticides on conventional cotton inevitably leads to...

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