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19 February 2018

Student Volunteering Week: Why Charities Benefit from Engaging with Students

This week is Student Volunteering Week, a campaign dedicated to celebrating the value of student volunteers for charities and students alike. Here, one-time student volunteer for Changing Lives - and now our Communications Officer - Ellie McLaren, shares her experience of volunteering whilst studying for her degree and why all charities should make the most of their local student community.

I first heard about Changing Lives in my third year of studying for an English Literature degree. I volunteered some time at the charity’s central office during my Easter break, amidst the panic of dissertation deadlines and what life would hold for me after graduation.

Volunteering as a student is…

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7 February 2018

Director welcomes release of information film for mothers facing prison sentence

Our Director, Laura Seebohm, has welcomed the release of 'Safeguarding Children when Sentencing Mothers: Information For Mothers Facing Sentence’ by Dr Shona Minson from Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

This powerful 11 minute film shares invaluable experience and advice of women with children who have experienced imprisonment – often unexpectedly.  We hope that practitioners from statutory and voluntary sector organisations will share with women we support especially those facing sentencing at Court.

Changing Lives has a long…

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26 January 2018

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Funds Innovative Peer Research Into Sex Work in Doncaster

Changing Lives has been awarded £3,700 of funding from Dr. Alan Billings, Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, which will be used to carry out peer-to-peer research into the needs and experiences of people who engage in sex work in Doncaster and the surrounding areas.

Using funding of £3,700 awarded from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings, Changing Lives have been carrying out peer-to-peer research to find out why people engage in sex work and what support they need to protect themselves and their wellbeing.

Changing Lives is a…

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25 January 2018

Homeless Sunday: Faith Groups and a Theory of Change

At this time of year – with heavy snow and sub zero temperatures – the issue of homelessness makes headlines. However, helping people who are homeless or vulnerably housed continues all year round.

Homeless Sunday – taking place on 28 January – is a chance for Churches and Christian groups from across the country to join together to pray, reflect and plan practical action on homelessness. In this blog, Changing Lives’ Director of Operations Becky Elton looks at the aid given by faith groups, as well as examining the interconnected issues that can lead to someone becoming homeless, and the three stage theory of change that underpins our work.

Churches have a long tradition of reaching out and helping people who are in need.

Many of the large and small organisations helping people who are homeless today were set up by faith based groups, with some retaining a strong focus on faith.

Indeed, Changing Lives was started in the early…

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18 January 2018

Changing Lives makes shortlist for UK Housing Awards 2018

Changing Lives is thrilled to have been shortlisted in the national UK Housing Awards 2018.

Changing Lives is a finalist in the ‘Outstanding approach to meeting specialist housing need’ in this year’s UK Housing Awards.

Changing Lives run a specialist residential project in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for families affected by substance misuse. This accommodation provides a place for women who have children, or who are…

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