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2 December 2015

International Volunteer Day – 5th December

International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international day to celebrate the power and potential of people who are volunteering across the world.

This is also an opportunity for volunteers to raise awareness and appreciate the contribution they make to their communities. It is a unique opportunity to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, charities, non-governmental organisations, United Nations agencies, government authorities and the…

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27 November 2015

Save Oaktrees Gateshead

As part of Gateshead Council’s Budget planning, the Director of Public Health, has been charged with finding cost savings from the Drug and Alcohol substance misuse programme. Amongst the Budget proposals is the following:

In year two – withdraw funding for the Changing Lives Oaktree programme which provides a specialist intensive abstinence programme for people in recovery. There will be a gap in service provision if this service is not funded. People coming out of detox would not have access to…

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17 November 2015

If you believe in yourself anything is possible

Creative therapies can be very helpful in the process of recovery from addiction. They offer the opportunity to get in touch with the inner self and can provide a from of expression for feelings that cannot be easily put into words.

Recently the women at North Tyneside Recovery Partnership took part in a creative activity session. They created and designed a personal affirmations jar. Each woman jotted down affirmations personal to them. Some of the affirmations were taken from wellknown writers; other women decided to write their…

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24 September 2015

Volunteer Stories – Meet Michael

Michael is a volunteer at Changing Lives’ Virginia House. He is involved as a Gardening Volunteer and a handy man and he is also recycling materials and producing glassware, carved wooden pieces and jigsaws, basically a man who can turn his hand to anything!

Michael remembers how it all started:

“I was found by Changing Lives while sleeping rough, underneath the railway arches in the heart of Newcastle. They advised me to go to Day Centre, and that was my first step. I…

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17 September 2015

Hold faith with Charities because they really do change lives

I seem to have hit a nerve with the comments that I made last week about charities raising their game when it comes to ethical fundraising.

This morning the Government-backed commission into charity fundraising launched its report. Sir Stuart Etherington, the Commission’s Chair, accepted that the public had lost confidence in the self-regulation of charities by the Fundraising Standards Board and proposed replacing it with a Fundraising Regulator with the power to make cease and…

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