Category Archives: Homelessness

The Reality of the Welfare Reform – article published in the Gazette & Herald newspaper – Feb 2013

On the 21st February 2013 my first monthly article was published in the Opinion column of the Gazette and Herald newspaper. It is incredibly pertinent that this is the very same article that I read at our recent screening of … Continue reading

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Doorway Writing Group February 2017

Writing Group February 2017 We had another great writing group session this time. This month’s crossword worked well: guests on all tables contributed by answering clues; R and friend were still, in fact, beavering away to complete it as I … Continue reading

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Finland’s Answer to Rough Sleeping

In November 2016 I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Finland with a BBC Bristol reporter / researcher, Rachel Stonehouse, and a BBC cameraman, Jez Toogood, as part of a BBC Inside Out West special program on homelessness in … Continue reading

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Response to the official Government rough sleeper statistics from Doorway and Opendoor

Doorway and Opendoor’s response to the newly published annual rough Government sleeper statistics. The official government annual rough sleeping statistics were published yesterday  (25.01.17) following the count which took place in November 2016. The official definition of the term “rough … Continue reading

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Doorway writing group December 2016

Writing group December 2016 We had another great session. We discussed poems: the importance of rhyme and meter as a driving force; the pros and cons of a freer form of poetry. We talked about short stories, stories in instalments, … Continue reading

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A Poem by a Stranger

  Doorway Don’t remember me as you last saw me. I was feeling down, rough; useful life past and the present cold, hard, edgy. You see   you gave me food, clean clothes, the will to last another dark, deep … Continue reading

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Adieu, adieu, adieu.

To you, and you and you. When I started writing this, my last official Doorway Writing Group blog, I was in the throes of moving and was surrounded by removal boxes and piles of bed linen and blankets. And I … Continue reading

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