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8 July 2015

Help Me Make A House A Home – Middlesbrough Project

Our Middlesbrough team have a ‘help make my house a home’ project for clients who are ready to move on and in to their own home as their next steps in their recovery. The project was inspired by clients who told us that when they were ready for their final and a crucial part of their journey with us, moving into their home, they had no possessions to call it a home. This is why the project was created and the name inspired. So far, the project has successfully helped numerous clients with this final stage in their recovery, by asking the public to kindly donate items they no longer want or need, or generously donate new.

Here ex-client, ‘John’, and staff member, Brian, tells us more. Brian said:

“We’re thrilled that John has managed to find his own home. Prior to this he was homeless on the streets battling drug addiction, but through hard work and dedication, John is now free from addiction and is looking…

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7 July 2015

Changing Lives is Recognised for Community Spirit

Changing Lives Charity has been awarded a funding boost of £5,000 through the Yorkshire Bank Spirit of the Community Awards to recognise the important role it plays in the local community.

The Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Leeds to recognise the charities and not-for-profit organisations which are going the extra mile.

Changing Lives was part of twelve community groups across England who were selected to share funding of £75,000…

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3 July 2015

Louise is in the Driving Seat – a Client Story

In Louise Barwell’s 25 years everything has changed for her and for the better. Louise, who lives in Doncaster with her parents and brother has achieved a life-long ambition and is most definitely on the road to success.

At school Louise struggled with bullying which had a devastating effect on Louise’s confidence and she built a fantasy world based on a mishmash of lies and one day, things spiralled out of control and ended with Louise being…

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29 June 2015

Changing Lives Durham Community Event

The Changing Lives Durham team and residents recently celebrated their newly refurbished accommodation project along with partners, friends and visitors at an open community day.

Guests included the 101 RegimentRA who provided fun team building games throughout the day and the Durham and Darlington Firebrigade, who brought along their fire engine and equipment.



There was plenty…

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19 June 2015

Fulfilling Lives Annual Meeting

Earlier this month, Changing Lives' partnership, Fulfilling Lives, hosted their annual meeting in Gateshead to talk about how the programme is progressing. Guests were invited to share their views at the open forum to help shape Fullfilling Lives' next phase of work.

Chairman, Sir Paul Ennals and Programme Manager, Neil Mackenzie opened the event.

The event included talks from various guest speakers including, Public Health Consultant,Alice Wiseman and GP Chair of Newcastle CCG, Guy Pilkington on the Strategic…

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