Everyone needs a guide

It's been a while since I've written about what's happening in SR(Streets Revolution) and believe me when I say a lot has happened in that time.
We have different directors now and this has helped guide the next evolution of SR.

I've visited our project on Tanzania met some amazing people and guided them on the beginning of their journey. I'm going to be writing a separate blog about that soon, so I'll hold fire on any more details. Although if you follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter you may have already caught a glimpse of the magical experience.

In this blog I wanted to stop, reflect and talk about the opportunity to have people guide you along the journey.

It's become clearer as the months and years have passed, we are treading a very different path than I thought 7 years ago.

You probably have heard the expression "it's not about the destination, it's about the journey." I truly believe that and wanted to elaborate on what that means for me and if we're on a journey, sometimes you need a guide to show the way, right?

Everyone, and I mean everyone at some point gets either stuck or lost, not knowing which direction to go. Especially if your a founder, self starter or CEO, everyone's looking at you for that direction.

It can be a lonely, scary place.

The good news is that there are people out there to help, people who for the price of a coffee will share their knowledge, experience and thoughts about where you find yourself and how to unblock the impasse.

They are MENTORS and if you look carefully they are all around you.

I've had 2 mentors recently with different backgrounds and each one has helped me figure out what the next steps are and how we should move forward.

I also like to think that at the core of what we do at SR is mentoring individual like minded people to help them change their communities, no matter what the scale or direction.

Obviously that will look different in different countries and places. Ultimately we are learning from each other.

I hope you find that someone and also that you realise you could be THAT person for someone else. We all need a guide in life or business.

We can all be so close to the problem you can't see the wood for the trees. Take a minute to talk with someone you like and respect who has travelled a path successfully to see what you can learn, it's never too late.

I encourage you all to keep following your passion and find a guide to get you there.

Please visit our website and Social media sites that find out more about our journey.

Jon Regler(CEO)

Want to change someone’s life and yours? 

Are you interested in changing the world 1 person at a time? If so, please read below. 
Are you passionate about sport, health/wellbeing and community development? If the answer is yes, we have an exciting opportunity for you! We are looking for people to support our Changing the world 1 person at a time campaign recruiting for our £1 per month donation scheme. 


The passionate person will help promote and spread the awareness of Streets Revolution and our current overseas projects at the following designations.


*Ghana 

*Germany

*Kenya

*Oxford – England 

*Tanzania

*Uganda
By helping us spread the above scheme will help make a difference and will help us change lives including yours! 


If you wish to discuss further please don’t hesitate to email stuart.bates@streetsrevolution.com or jon.regler@streetsrevolution.com

United in Red

Michael and Mahir have had a different path to the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow. 

Both part of the OMBOLD programme. 

One has travelled 4,753 miles the other 654 miles to Glasgow. The journey however has been similar Struggling with addiction a way to cope with life. 

Michael was a professional handball player in Denmark, A bad injury leading him to cope using drugs. 

“Sometimes I just didn’t feel normal in my head , but through football I forget and I didn’t fit in anywhere else.”

Mahir left Somalia at the age of 11 and moved with his family to Alborg to escape the problems in his country, despite as he said feeling “very welcome in Denmark by the people”. He drifted into smoking weed and drinking, he realised  he needed to get away and move to Copenhagen for a fresh start.  Unfortunately he ended up homeless. His family struggled when he was selected for the tournament the stigma attached to the word. Now they have seen the progress and watch proudly as he plays for his new country. 

I asked them if they could sum at their experience at the tournament in one word. 

Michael said ‘Perfect’

Mahir thought for a while and struggled to find just one. 

“it has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience I will never forget” he added “it has given me goosebumps”

I wondered what their experiences were meeting other countries and the similarities or differences in their Journeys. 

“I don’t know anything about them really All I see when I look in their eyes is footballers. I’m not worried about their past.”

They’ve learnt you can’t do it alone they find support in their team mates. This is why football changes lives the lessons learnt on the pitch are the same in life. 

They both love football and when they first met on the pitch they clashed, now the are teammates united in Red. And in the journey to a better life. 
Michael og Mahir har taget forskellige veje til Homeless World Cup, men begge er de en del af OMBOLD holdet. 

En har rejst 4,753 miles, den anden 654 miles for at nå til Glasgow. Begge rejser har dog involveret et misbrug, som en måde at håndtere livet på. 

Michael var en professional håndbold spiller i Danmark. En alvorlig skade fik ham til at starte med at bruge stoffer.  

”Nogle gange følte jeg mig bare ikke normal inde i hovedet, men fodbold får mig til at glemme og her føler jeg, jeg hører til.”

Mahir flygtede fra Somalia da han var 11 og flyttede sammen med hans familie til Aalborg, for at komme væk fra problemerne i hans hjemland. På trods af at han føler sig ”meget velkommen i Danmark” begyndte han at ryge meget hash og at drikke. Han havde brug for at komme væk og flyttede derfor til København for at starte på en frisk. Desværre betød det også at han endte som hjemløs. Da Mahir blev udtaget til hjemløselandsholdet, var hans familie i første omgang bekymrede pga. det stigmatiserende i at være hjemløs. Nu har de set hvordan han udvikler sig og de føler stolte med hjemmefra når han spiller for hans nye hjemland. 

Jeg spurgte dem om de kunne beskrive deres oplevelse ved Homeless World Cup med et ord.

Michael sagde ’perfekt’

Mahir tænkte sig godt om og havde svært ved at finde bare et:

“det har været en oplevelse for livet som jeg aldrig vil glemme” han tilføjede “det har givet mig gåsehud”.  

Jeg spekulerede på, hvilke erfaringer de havde gjort sig ved at møde de andre hold fra andre lande og om de havde gjort sig nogle overvejelser om hvorvidt disse spilleres rejse til Homeless World Cup lignede deres. 

Michaels kommentar var ”jeg ved ikke så meget om de andre spillere. Når jeg kigger dem i øjnene er de fodboldspillere og det er det, der betyder noget for mig”.

 Både Mahir og Michael elsker fodbold. Da de først mødtes på banen havde de interne kampe, nu spiller de begge i rødt og hvidt og har fundet stor støtte i holdet og troen på et bedre liv.

A woman with no label….

In a rare sunny moment in George Square, Glasgow at the 2016 Homeless World Cup, I caught up with Eliane Rocha,  a 19 year old woman from Brasila.  Part of the Futbol Social project for the last 3 years. She has finally made it to the tournament. 

I asked her about her aspirations. 

“I really would like to be a professional footballer, or coach in a professional team” she beamed. 

I asked what her plan B was? 

“To go to university to become a lawyer” 

Some might say this is a dream that’s  impossible. Separated from her family of which there are 20. Living with friends and no savings, she earns money by selling clothes. 

The only female amongst her male team mates, she stands alone and proud. 

In 2010 I attended the Homeless World Cup in Brasil and heard a rumour. 

That rumour is a fact, in Brasil there is no word for ‘homeless’ you are poor or rich nothing else. If you are poor you should work harder to be rich. 

I tried to Imagine if in the UK we had no word, how would you fix a problem if there was no word for that problem, it’s the ultimate denial. 

No word, means no money, no money means no help, no recognition she even exists. 

So how does she think she would change things if she was in charge of Brasil for a day? 

” I think the morale of the country needs lifting, people feel hopeless, I would also introduce free education for all.” She stated. 

She may have no label, but she has a dream, which with every kick of the ball is turning into a goal. 

Eliane has taken ownership and certain pride in being homeless in a country that denies the word exists. 

Em um momento ensolarado raro em George Square, Glasgow na Copa dos Sem-Abrigo do Mundo de 2016, eu pego com Eliane Rocha, uma mulher de 19 anos de Brasila. Parte do projeto Futbol social para os últimos 3 anos. Ela finalmente fez-lo para o torneio.

Perguntei-lhe sobre suas aspirações.

“Eu realmente gostaria de ser um jogador de futebol profissional, ou um treinador em uma equipe profissional”, ela sorriu.

Perguntei o seu plano B era?

“Para ir para a universidade para se tornar um advogado”

Alguns poderiam dizer que este é um sonho que é impossível. Separada de sua família de que há 20. estar com amigos e sem poupança, ela ganha dinheiro vendendo roupas.

A única mulher entre os seus companheiros de equipa do sexo masculino, ela está sozinha e orgulhosa.

Em 2010 eu assisti a Copa do Mundo dos Sem-Abrigo no Brasil e ouviu um rumor.

Esse boato é um fato, no Brasil não há nenhuma palavra para ‘sem-teto’ você não é nada pobre ou rico mais. Se você é pobre, você deve trabalhar mais para ser rico.

Tentei Imagine se no Reino Unido tivemos nenhuma palavra, como você corrigir um problema se não havia nenhuma palavra para esse problema, é uma recusa absoluta.

Nenhuma palavra, significa sem dinheiro, sem dinheiro significa nenhuma ajuda, nenhum reconhecimento que ela ainda existe.

Então, como ela pensa que mudaria as coisas se ela estava no comando do Brasil por um dia?

“Eu acho que a moral do país precisa de levantamento, as pessoas se sentem sem esperança, eu também introduzir a educação gratuita para todos.” Ela afirmou.

Ela pode não ter nenhum rótulo, mas ela tem um sonho, que com cada pontapé da bola está se transformando em um objetivo.

Eliane tomou posse e certo orgulho de ser sem-teto em um país que nega existe a palavra.

A game of musical chairs

The Homeless World Cup event this year in Glasgow and will soon be taking place from 10 July to 17 July.

I thought this would be a good time to catch up on a couple of the stories from last years event.

I met Michael Stout, 39 years old, from St.Louis is part of the USA Streetsoccer team who was participating in Amsterdam. 

Michael was a very friendly man who always wore a smile and sat on the bench and chatted about his experience and his time in Amsterdam at the Homeless World Cup. 

“I think I would describe my time with the word euphoric, it has been truly amazing” he stated. 

He clarified “it’s the camaraderie between players and coaches and people in general in this environment it is quite unique.”


Michael explained that for the last 15 years he was an addict he had only had a HOME twice, and had been 2 years ago since he made a decision to do something with his life rather than just drifting.

Account on the street soccer program was in his hostel and encouraged him to come along to practice. 

So why does football work for you Michael ?

“it’s about the team and having a shared goal when we are on the pitch for 14 minutes we don’t think about anything else yes that shared mutual goal.”

“that’s the toolbox I now use of the pitch in the rest of my life setting goals and sharing them with others to make myself better”

I’ve had this expressed in many different ways over the last seven years and attending the Homeless World Cup. It’s so simple really but each person takes out of being involved in their individual programs something a little different one thing that they need.

So if you were president for a day ?

‘he laughs’

“It’s about moving our society from a monetary system towards a more resource based economy removing the need for more money, build hospitals all over the world or homes for everyone regardless if there is a profit to be made or not, after all we existed without money for thousands of years.”

Wow. 

“the system exists at the moment is like a big game of musical chairs and there aren’t enough chairs there is always more people than chairs, when the music stops there isn’t enough money or resources to go round, until we create more chairs there will always be somebody will be without a chair.”

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a better answer to why homelessness exists in all my years. 

So what next for Michael? After all it’s a life changing experience. 

“i know now I’m not alone in this experience having been here. ”

“I felt like i was alone in this and its interesting to see that the people are the same not any different to me. When i go back i will be more empathetic  for those around me to see what i can do to help them rather than judge them. ”

This event impacts so many people in so many ways. I for one will never forget Michael and his “game of musical chairs”. 

Now to build more chairs. 

Jon Regler (CEO) 

Volunteering, Its a game of give and take

I recently caught up with two of our volunteers, many of you know or have been impacted by the kind heart and tireless effort of Patricia Kellam.  

Her journey with Streets Revolution began over 3 years ago with a simple desire to work on an idea for an arts and crafts project (RECRE8). 

Now a fully fledged Director of our company and a self confessed Revolutionary, she has become the face of SR. 

But beneath the surface is a woman who admits that Volunteering had helped her immensely. 

Nervous and unsure about her ability to influence others and not really done any volunteering. 

“If I wasn’t doing this I would be sat indoors popping pills and doing nothing with my life. ”

“It’s amazing to look back on how much I’ve achieved and what I now feel is possible, I get so much from volunteering here and the personal rewards are huge.” She stated. 

“Time goes fast, I never thought I had this in me, ….it’s only me!!!”

Having now done many things including public speaking in front of over 100 people for at a fundraiser which for most is really scary.  

People forget sometimes that volunteering can be a very selfish thing, in the sense of the rewards you receive and that positive self esteem you have by helping others, the benefits to your physical and mental wellbeing, far out weigh the benefits of the recipient. Hardly a selfless act. 


Cat Hall is one of the many volunteers that Patricia has recruited with her passionate attitude along the way. 

Now with us for over two years, she also highlighted the impact it has had on her life. 

“I had a quick chat with Patricia, due to a personal shared passion for Arts and Crafts”

“I was bored really, I never thought i had this in me”

“It’s interesting to do such a variety of things including football which neither of us (Patricia) really do. It’s so fulfilling to see how people grow with a simple interaction from us”. Cat said with a knowing smile. 

“I look forward to volunteering here, and they look forward to seeing us”

Patricia stated “I used to say I can’t , I now say I can, then decide how we can do it”

Taking on more and more responsibility is part of the ethos of Streets Revolution and Cat really embodies this, looking now to do more training partly to be able to help more, but also for her own personal development. Both her and her partner regularly volunteer and help wherever needed at our SR Oxford Survivors group and with RECRE8. 

I personally have seen first hand the growth of these individuals, flourishing under a new found belief and self worth that comes from being part of something, a sense of belonging and purpose, which in the absence of other social groups would be absent in their lives. 

It’s so encouraging to hear how they feel, about their experience but more about the future and  how they they have become a rock to so many. In their words a pseudo ‘mother ‘to many. 

They’re hope is that people come and get involved even 1 hour of time can make a difference. Whether it’s at our Survivors group, with football or doing background admin. Doing Arts and crafts on the hospital wards or feeding the vulnerable in our community there is a role for everyone. 

It takes all sorts of characters to make up a good team of volunteers and anything me can make a difference somewhere even with just 1 hour a week. Clearly though this is not just a one way street the benefits flow both ways. 

A Greek Philosophy 

Yesterday I caught up with the Greek team and I videod their responses. Apologies for the background noise. 
Here is the unedited version. 
I found some of the answers profound and they spoke as always from their heart. 

  
  
We continue the questions. They expressed what it felt to be Homeless and Invisible. 

  
The sense of belonging to the team and each other, unity beyond borders. A unique experience in the world. 

  
They may not be the best team on the pitch,  but off it their quality shines through. 

  
They know that they should never give up. 

  
  
   
 

  
I know I for one am better for knowing them. I hope you see the spirit that despite all the well documented problems in Greece. They will never give up. 

  

Scoring Goals changed his lifestyle

Many of the players I meet have goals on and off the pitch. 

The experience at the Homeless World Cup can be a life changing one. 

For Frederick Soluski playing in the Homeless World Cup in Poznan in 2013, was the catalyst to moving forward. As part of the Ghanaian team that year, it inspired him to chase his goal. 

It was football that helped him, saved him from obscurity in Accra, and opened the door to the possibilities. 

"Life is tough in Ghana and everybody is working and striving to make a better life for themselves. You have to keep asking and hoping that one day the door will open. ". He said. 

  There is support available from individual organisations like GIMAT Volunteer Network (GVN) who helped Frederick. 
He acknowledges without them he would have still been struggling. 

"About 6 months after Poznan, I was writing to football clubs hoping to get a trial. Eventually i had a response from FC Internationale Berlin" I moved to Germany and have been playing ever since.  I hope to get a job soon. " 

He is also working with young people on a 'no to racism' project and he had to be here in Amsterdam to reconnect from where he started. 

It's always good to hear the progress some of the players make. 

I asked him how could we address the problem of homelessness. 

"I wish there was a place for everybody to go in every town and city, unfortunately there isn't. If I were in charge there would be."

"People need to realise that we need each other, you cannot exclude a whole group of people one day we will need each other. "

Frederick has proved there is more than one way to score a goal. 

Copocabana to Coach

Its always a great part of the Homeless World Cup, catching up with old friends from previous tournaments. 

Some return as volunteers, some as coaches or as fans just to spectate. 

I caught up with one of these friends. Arezki Saouli, as a player for France in Rio 2010 we spent many hours chatting at the players venue. 

  
He returned as a coach in 2011, in 2012 and in 2013 as a fan with his new bride. 

This year as a Coach he returns again. 

I wondered what makes people like Arezki (and me ) want to come back time and time again. 

” it’s become a necessity for me, my second family. ” he spoke in English. ” I feel I have to be here if at all possible. 

” When I speak to the players I do it through a remembrance that I was Homeless.”

It is infectious and a unique experience and we both agreed that it about being recognised first and foremost as a human being. It’s a feeling shared whether your a coach, referee or player. 

So why does football work in this way in so many countries? 

When summing up he said I don’t have the English to explain so he said  in French. 

“Le Football est in sport federatuer avec in etat d’esprit collectif” 

Simply translated it creates a collective spirit.  Both on and off the pitch. 

Whatever the reason you come you will leave different. I’m sure this won’t be the last we see of Arezki or his like. 

Rita the woman who can. 

Sometimes you make a connection in life that teaches you something you didn’t expect. 

I spoke to Rita Riveros Hermosilla a 42 years young player for the Argentinian Women’s Team.I asked about how it felt to be the flag bearer at the parade. 

  
 “I felt so happy, so emotional like a child” she beamed with joy. 
“I never imagined I would have this moment” 
Although my Spanish is very little and her English was the same we were able to communicate. 
We both observed this connection you can have and overcome any language. 
A hug is universal after all. 
Representing her country had an impact and she was unsure what the future holds, she does know it will be different as a result of this. 
Having to overcome stigma and discrimination in her life, she remains positive and happy. She said something very profound in broken English that struck a chord with me. 
“I realised” she said. ” I CAN, you CAN, we all CAN.”
I felt I was speaking to female Argentinian Obama. 
I’m sure whatever she wants to do in the future she CAN do it. 
Rita spoke of wanting to open a football clinic, football for her has been therapy. It’s a common thread that the act of playing and taking your mind away from any troubles in your life can be very therapeutic. 
I for one can wait to visit ‘Rita’s Football Clinic’ coming soon. 
Visit their blog on the link below. 
http://argentinahechoclubsocial.blogspot.nl/?m=1

A veces se realiza una conexión en la vida que te enseña algo que no esperaba.
Hablé con Rita Riveros Hermosilla un 42 años joven jugador para el equipo de las Mujeres Argentinas.
  

Le pregunté cómo se sentía al ser el portador de la bandera en el desfile.
“Me sentí tan feliz, tan emocional como un niño” ella sonrió con alegría.
“Nunca me imaginé que tendría este momento”
Aunque mi español es muy poco y su Inglés fue el mismo pudimos comunicar.
Ambos observamos esta conexión se puede tener y superar cualquier idioma.
Un abrazo es universal después de todo.
En representación de su país tuvo un impacto y no estaba segura de lo que depara el futuro, ella sabe que será diferente, como resultado de esto.
Al tener que superar el estigma y la discriminación en su vida, ella sigue siendo positiva y feliz. Ella dijo algo muy profundo en Inglés rota que tocó la fibra sensible conmigo.
“Me di cuenta”, dijo. “Me puede, puede, todos podemos.”
Sentí que estaba hablando a mujer Obama argentino.
Estoy seguro de lo que quiere hacer en el futuro que puede hacerlo.
Rita habló de querer abrir una clínica de fútbol, ​​fútbol para ella ha sido la terapia. Es un hilo común que el acto de jugar y tomar su mente lejos de cualquier problema en su vida puede ser muy terapéutico.
Por mi parte, puedo esperar a volver de ‘Clínica de Fútbol de Rita’ próximamente.
Visite su blog en el siguiente enlace.
http://argentinahechoclubsocial.blogspot.nl/?m=1