Tag Archives: Depression

Quintin’s Story

Journey into the Unknown After half a century of hard work and failed relationships, life was to come crashing down around me. Unforeseen circumstances and dubious decisions, on my part, led to my complete mental breakdown and suicide attempt some … Continue reading

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Richard’s Story

You often hear of people falling from great heights; having everything and losing it all. But you really don’t think it will ever happen to you. It sounds like a cliché, but there you go! My fall from grace started … 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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The light at the end of the tunnel came too late – My Word published in the Gazette & Herald Newspaper – April 2015

 If you read my column last month then you will remember that two of our rough sleepers failed the Pereira Test since they were deemed, by the council, not to be any more vulnerable than “an ordinary homeless person”  It’s … Continue reading

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A Poem to K

So Nearly There Painted man, upon your skin Danced pictures of your coloured past Hard on the outside, sweet within Through storm and sunshine you held fast To love of friends and hope of light Knowing of a better way … Continue reading

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How to define ‘ordinary’? – My Word published in the Gazette & Herald Newspaper – March 2015

There is a very little known legal assessment tool that establishes the vulnerability of those who are homeless called the “Pereira Test”. This test instructs authorities to ask the question, “will the applicant, by reason of whatever condition or circumstances … Continue reading

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Doorway, Social Exclusion & the Berlin Wall – Guest Opinion Column published in the Gazette & Herald Newspaper – Jan 2015

Way way back, 25 years ago, in November 1989 the Berlin wall was brought down by the people of Berlin. Not by the authorities but by the people on both sides working towards a common goal of freedom and inclusion. … Continue reading

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“I wouldn’t cope with homelessness” – Guest Opinion Column published in the Gazette & Herald Newspaper – Nov 2014

I’m up to my elbows in the washing up bowl trying to clear up the debris from dinner when out of the blue my husband comes out with a blinding statement from across the other side of the kitchen along … Continue reading

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Guest Opinion Column published in the Gazette & Herald newspaper – Nov 2013

Prison is not a punishment… As D, one of our regular guests, comes bounding through the door with his normal vibrancy and high energy levels, I ask him where he has been since he has been missing from our service … Continue reading

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Self Harm – Article published in the Gazette & Herald newspaper – June 2013

 I have a microsecond in which to emotionally brace myself before she tentatively pulls up her sleeves… I hold my breath, whilst trying very hard not to give away any indication that I am anxious about what I could potentially … Continue reading

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