Delighted to read Lord John Bird, founder of the Big Issue has commented on this week's budget.   I remember meeting him in Bristol a few years ago at a training school for circus artists that was housed in a converted church!  

Obviously one of those encounters you never forget. Yet what it really showed me at the time was that great things can and do happen when we find ways to work together to solve problems.   

So I couldn't agree more with his suggestion that we must prioritise prevention for more entrenched causes of poverty like mental health problems rather than wanting simply to relieve the growing homelessness situation.   

How many organisations, I wonder though, will really be willing to look beyond themselves and become change makers in this way?