I work with some of the most marginalised members of society. Those at the very bottom of the social hierarchy, who struggle just trying to get through each day. Yes they’re aware of politics – because the government has consistently failed them.
It’s hard to imagine how much worse the state of the nation is going to get after Brexit, because for many of the people I speak to, it can’t get any worse.
Before the EU referendum I asked numerous young homeless people if they were going to vote, and they told me they hadn’t even bothered registering. They felt that politicians didn’t care about them anyway, so what difference would their vote make?
I pay attention to politics and the negative prospects we’re facing, but when you’re dealing with people every day who are so disempowered in the here and now, it’s hard to think about the future. I believe we need to focus on our communities. If you’re feeling powerless and despondent about our society, there are so many things you can do to make small changes. Volunteer, donate, mentor, befriend, educate, share and empower. The future is uncertain, but we can still use what we have now to make positive change.