There are some huge upsides:
- you are warm and dry and inside.
- you have a hot meal in the evening.
- you have a breakfast in the morning, cooked if you want it.
- you have access to clean clothes should you be short of them.
- they kick you out at eight o'clock in the morning. This is so the church can get on with all the other things it usually does. (there are very few free places open at eight o'clock in the morning that are warm and dry) A cup of tea costs 80p in Hackney and the libraries don't open until nine. Some people just head for the nearest bookie.
- There tends to be a lot of travelling about - to the different churches and to where you spend your day. Almost everyone walks everywhere.
One observation I do have is that it is the churches that provide this service, this need is met by churches; housing the needy and the poor, those who are down on their luck. This has been the case for hundreds of years.
David Cameron, when he came to power, banged on about the Big Society, it was one of his buzz phrases. Surely he must have known that it was there all along?