Monthly Archives: July 2010

Guests’ Hopes & Wishes

In December 2007, Doorway was invited to decorate a tree at the Chippenham Methodist Circle’s Festival of Christmas Trees. We decided that we could portray a very strong message to the local community by writing guest comments on the decorations. … Continue reading

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Discussing taboo subjects with the next generation

As Project Manager at Doorway, I have an extremely diverse range of roles within the organisation, ranging from fundraising to every aspect of running an open access drop-in centre. However, surprisingly, one of my most fulfilling and challenging roles involves … Continue reading

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To be a person is to have a story to tell

That quotation is by Isak Dinesen, the pen name of Karen Blixen, of ‘Out of Africa’ fame. One of the points of this site is to provide a place for people to tell their stories. And by doing so to … Continue reading

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An Uplifting Incident

  R has been attending Doorway sessions for several months. Although he has a tenancy now, he has a history of rough sleeping, and battles alcohol problems with variable success. He often has an appearance of being ground-down and burdened, … Continue reading

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The Starfish Story – more complicated than at first sight?

  ‘An old man was walking along the beach at dawn, when he noticed a young woman who was picking up starfish and throwing them back into the sea. Getting a little closer, the man asked her the reason for … Continue reading

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Doorway Wins Health & Wellbeing Award

One of Doorway’s greatest achievements this year was to be nominated for 3 categories at the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership Awards ceremony. We were extremely proud to be recognised and commended for our six years of commitment to improving … Continue reading

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The Downward Spiral of Homelessness

Most Doorway guests have complex needs including physical and mental health issues, substance use, debt and poor education / life skills. This is in line with national statistics. Homelessness is likely to exacerbate existing problems and generate new ones, making … Continue reading

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