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Definition of leisure

Leisure is the time used a a person's own discretion in a variety of ways once they have completed various dutis such as study, domestic chores and work - it is the time left over.

There are 3 main constraints to leisure choices :

  • facilities in the area
  • time
  • available income to spend
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The changing patterns of leisure

  • Employment
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Marriage or cohabitation
  • Dependent children
  • Education
  • Income
  • Time available
  • Location
  • Holidays
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What is homelessness?

Homeless literally means having no home or haven, and the homeless are described as people without a home.

Housing Act 1996 defined a homeless person as:

'One who does not have accommodation available for his occupation in the UK or elsewhere which is not a moveable structure, or has accomodation which he cannot continue to occupy'

Local authorities have and obligation to find accomadation for-

  • Pregnant women 
  • People with dependent children
  • Those who are vulnerable because of old age, mental illness or physical disability
  • Those who have vulnerable people in their household
  • Those who have lost their home as a result of an emergency
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Causes of Homelessness

  • Eviction
  • Loss of employment
  • Health problems
  • Unable to be accomodated by parents, relatives or friends
  • Breakdown of relationship
  • Mortgage or rent arrears
  • Moving out of a home
  • Emergency such as a fire or flood
  • Limited housing supplies
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The Effects of homelessness

  • Low self-esteem
  • Limited access to health and hygiene
  • Boredom
  • Difficulties with relationships
  • Increased dangers
  • Lack of privacy
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