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3 February 2016

#Noneedtobeg by Becky Elton, Director of Housing at Changing Lives

Newcastle City Council and its partners launched the #noneedtobeg campaign just before Christmas, which is trying to let the public know that people who are homeless in the city do have access to support and don’t need to beg. In fact, the majority of those people begging are not the rough sleepers that we work with on a daily basis. That’s not to say that the people who are begging don’t have support needs, they do, and usually that’s to do with addictions, to alcohol or to drugs, including NPS (Novel Psychoactive Substances, commonly known as Legal Highs).

It’s been a controversial campaign, with a bit of a backlash against the council and its partners, including ourselves, for demonising “the homeless”. That’s the last thing we’d do, but the reality is, as I’ve…

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7 October 2015

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15 July 2015

A Fresh Start for The Fells

In 2008 Changing Lives was asked to support a struggling housing provider in County Durham. They had a great site, but the accommodation was dilapidated and the previous owners didn’t have any funds to refurbish.

The accommodation was spread across a…

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22 June 2015

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