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17 October 2017

Make Space for Santa

Ho ho ho! Will you make space for Santa this year and bring happiness to children in need in the local community.

This year, we’re asking primary schools and community groups to support us by hosting collection points for used children’s toys, books and clothes.

It will mean more space for Santa to leave gifts and it will also provide items for Changing Lives to distribute to children in need in the local…

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30 September 2017

Half-a-million to help change the lives of vulnerable women in Wolverhampton and Walsall

Changing Lives are delighted to have received half-a-million pounds in the latest round of National Lottery funding.

In Wolverhampton, Changing Lives supports women who are involved in sex work for survival, or who are the victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, to lead healthier and safer lives.

Changing Lives has recently been awarded £498,228 from The Big Lottery Fund to continue to deliver this life-changing support in…

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29 September 2017

Changing Lives win prestigious North East Charity of the Year award

Changing Lives were honoured and humbled to be named North East Charity of the Year at the prestigious North East Charity Awards last night.

We support 21,000 people to change their lives every year, including people experiencing homelessness, sexual exploitation, domestic violence, life-threatening addictions, barriers to employment and more.

We couldn’t do this life-changing work without the support of our army of dedicated supporters – our fabulous fundraisers, vital volunteers, generous donors, kind-hearted companies, superb…

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28 September 2017

National Poetry Day 2017

On National Poetry Day, and as Recovery Month comes to an end, we wanted to share this wonderful poem that was written by a family member of someone who completed our 12-step addiction recovery programme. Thank you for these wonderful words and the picture they paint of the courage, companionship and support that people find in our drug and alcohol services across the UK.

Admission Free

On the railings of this Gateshead bridge
You’ll find kisses hanging there for all to view,
A thousand padlocks clinging to the wire
And each one signed
‘I love you’.

Not far away you’ll find a house
Where hugs and kisses of a different kind
Are offered an accepted by a…

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28 September 2017

Former client awarded third place at national Recovery Street Film Festival 2017

A short film detailing the recovery journey of a Changing Lives client has been awarded third place in the national Recovery Street Film Festival 2017.

David Mishner, or Davy as he is known to friends, was supported through our 12-step recovery programme in North Tyneside and is now in paid employment with Changing Lives, helping other people who are facing drug or alcohol addiction.

Davy entered a short film into this year’s Recovery…

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