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18 July 2017

Introducing Our Asset Coaches: Advantaged Thinking

Adam is an Asset Coach Lead in our North East homelessness services. Together with Mayday Trust, we are introducing a new, strengths-based approach to our services to empower people to change their lives. Here, Adam talks about 'Advantaged Thinking', which is a core principle of the Strengths-Based Approach.

“When you look at a field of dandelions you can either see a hundred weeds, or a thousand wishes”

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Meet Max:

Max is a 21 year old male who has been in out of prison since he was 13 years old. He has no…

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14 July 2017

Changing Lives welcomes new Drugs Strategy – but it could be more ambitious

The newly published Drugs Strategy is long awaited and Changing Lives is encouraged that the government states “we want everyone across the country to get the help, treatment and support they need to live a drug-free life”. However, we would like to see that go a step further.

We think everyone should be talking specifically about abstinence from substances – a word conspicuous by its absence in the strategy – and making abstinence-based treatment available to all.

Although it mentions alcohol, and outlines that alcohol services should be jointly commissioned with drugs services, we are concerned…

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22 June 2017

Introducing Our Asset Coaches: A Strengths-Based Approach to Homelessness

My name is Lyndsay, I’m an Asset Coach Lead at Changing Lives. I drink too much, I’m an absolute control freak which can lead to crippling anxiety and you wouldn’t want to be anywhere near me when I lose my temper.

This isn’t a ‘normal’ way for anyone to introduce themselves, imagine listing all the negative things about yourself every time you meet someone new? It is however, all too familiar for people experiencing homelessness. More often than not to be able to access a service or qualify for…

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10 June 2017

After the election… Somewhere to turn or nowhere to go?

The election may be over, but there is still time to stand up for what you believe in. Give your voice to the most vulnerable in society by backing our Changing Lives Charter today...

For the most vulnerable in our society, politics can have a life changing impact.

  • The difference between having a home or losing one…
  • Between feeding their family or going hungry…
  • Between having somewhere to turn or nowhere to go…

At Changing Lives, our vision is for a society that supports…

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18 May 2017

Sex for rent in the age of austerity

On one day this week, four adverts offering free rent in exchange for sex appeared in the North East section of a national classified advertising website. These ‘sex for rent’ ads have hit the national news in recent weeks, with Justice Secretary Liz Truss taking it on as an issue…

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