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28 February 2015

Why the latest homeless figures are a success story for us

by Stephen Bell OBE, Chief Executive

You might think the government’s latest headline figures for rough sleeping should be giving me a sleepless night – up 40% in the North East in a year!  But once put into context, they are actually a success story for us.

We are talking about very small numbers – 35…

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23 February 2015

Housing First – a different approach to homelessness

By Becky Elton, Assistant Director

Housing First helps people from living on the streets, or who are caught in a cycle of hostels, sofa surfing, prison or hospital, straight into their own permanent accommodation. At Changing Lives we’ve been delivering a Housing First service since April 2012 in Newcastle.

Housing First doesn’t ask people to…

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24 October 2014

One night of isolation in a crowd

By Val Nevin, Assistant Director

I took part in the CEO Sleep out at St James Park in October.  It was a wet day but not cold and I was not very enthusiastic at the prospect of sleeping around the football pitch.

I had a meal of heavy carbs, I was thinking I’d need it…

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19 September 2014

Cooking doesn’t get tougher than this!

By Siân Thomas, Group Marketing Officer

For the second year in a row I’m co-ordinating a culinary feat resembling  challenges seen on TV’s Masterchef!

Six Changing Lives volunteers and I are learning how to prepare and cook a banquet for 40 paying…

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