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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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10 October 2014

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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12 September 2014

Great North Road rebuild gives safe environment

By Amanda Brown, Assistant Director

Time stands still for no man, or indeed woman and certainly not within the development of our brand new buildings at Great North Road! When I joined Changing Lives in July of last year Great North Road was in essence a combination of a building…

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