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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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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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16 March 2017

Changing Lives Through The CEO Sleepout 2017

Last week, on 9th March, two members of Team Changing Lives joined over 100 others for the fourth annual CEO Sleepout at St. James’ Park. In 2016, £80,000 was raised from Newcastle’s Sleepout, making it the largest Sleepout event outside of London.

Funds raised during the…

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23 September 2016

Will the Homeless Reduction Bill reduce homelessness for the people who use our services?

The Homeless Reduction Bill is to be debated for the second time on the 28th October. Here, Becky Elton, our Director of Housing, discusses whether the new legislation will have any real impact on the people Changing Lives supports if it is passed.

The Homeless Reduction Bill is to be debated for the second time on the 28th October. It proposes new duties for local authorities to:

• Take action to prevent the homelessness of anyone eligible for assistance (e.g. ‘habitually resident’ in the UK) and threatened with homelessness within 56 days, without…

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