Listen Up! homelessness insights hub

Community reporting by people facing homelessness

Community reporting by people facing homelessness

Listen Up! homelessness insights hub

Community reporting by people facing homelessness


About


It’s inhumane that people experiencing homelessness face barriers to healthcare and are more likely to die young.

The Listen Up! hub collates raw reports on our experiences, concerns and feedback – a network of trained community reporters experiencing homelessness, living all around the UK, using our mobile phones to document our stories.

Through the hub, we want to elevate our voices, challenge stereotypes, and ultimately help decision makers end these harmful health inequalities.

The hub has been created by Groundswell and On Our Radar, as part of the wider Listen Up! project, funded by Comic Relief.

Please note

Some of our reports deal with topics some readers may find triggering. The site is not suitable for younger readers.

How you can support us

We see the launch of the hub as the start of a movement of people, all united in the belief that elevating our voices and raw insights will challenge stereotypes and help decision makers end homeless health inequalities.

Here are some ways you can support us and get involved:

1. Join our mailing list

for regular hub reports, research findings and event info straight to your inbox

2. Vote via this one question survey

for what you’d like us to report on

3. SHARE!

Please tell people about us through social media and your networks! We’ll be posting regularly from Groundswell’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

About


It’s inhumane that people experiencing homelessness face barriers to healthcare and are more likely to die young.

The Listen Up! hub collates raw reports on our experiences, concerns and feedback – a network of trained community reporters experiencing homelessness, living all around the UK, using our mobile phones to document our stories.

Through the hub, we want to elevate our voices, challenge stereotypes, and ultimately help decision makers end these harmful health inequalities.

The hub has been created by Groundswell and On Our Radar, as part of the wider Listen Up! project, funded by Comic Relief.

Please note

Some of our reports deal with topics some readers may find triggering. The site is not suitable for younger readers.

How you can support us

We see the launch of the hub as the start of a movement of people, all united in the belief that elevating our voices and raw insights will challenge stereotypes and help decision makers end homeless health inequalities.

Here are some ways you can support us and get involved:

1. Join our mailing list

for regular hub reports, research findings and event info straight to your inbox

2. Vote via this one question survey

for what you’d like us to report on

3. SHARE!

Please tell people about us through social media and your networks! We’ll be posting regularly from Groundswell’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Where Listen Up! homelessness insights hub is reporting


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Blogs

Reports

Andrea Interviews someone who identifies as a queer Traveller.


In this fascinating interview Andrea talks to someone who identifies as a queer Traveller. They talk about some of the discrimination they face from different communities.

Reported 2 days ago by Andrea

Twickenham

Blogs

Reports

The King’s Parliament Confirms Child Poverty Isn’t A First Priority


Miles responds to the King's Speech at the opening of Parliament. Why wasn't child poverty addressed?

Reported 3 days ago by Miles

York

Reports

Who is Groundswell’s Jane?


Groundswell's complex needs manager Jane speaks to Mark. They reflect on her impressive 38-year career in health inclusion and nursing and celebrate some of her many achievements during this time.

Reported 6 days ago by Mark

London

Blogs

Reports

Change of Government


"What difference will the recent election make for me?" Ponders Miles in his latest piece for Listen Up!

Reported 6 days ago by Miles

York

Audio Stories

Reports

Capitalism vs Socialism: A Governance Comparison


"I've been contemplating deeply about the systems of governance that dominate our lives," says John in this deep dive into the impacts of types of economy on life in different countries

Reported 2 weeks ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

Manchester Street Poem


In June 2024, the Listen Up reporters attended a workshop ran by Manchester Street Poem. Here Karen turns the experience into a poem of her own, illustrated with photos from Morshed

Reported 2 weeks ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: Salvation Army


In this sixth part of the Those Who Help series, John tells us a little about the Salvation Army

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: The Jesus Centre


John talks about The Jesus Centre in the fifth part of his Those Who Help series

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: Langar Aid


In the fourth part of his Those Who Help series, John tells us about the great work Langar Aid are doing in Coventry

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: YMCA


John tells us about the great work of YMCA in the third part of his Those Who Help series

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Reports

Would a volunteering union help?


In this written piece, Mark weighs up the need for volunteering unions whilst also highlighting different motivations for volunteering.

Reported 1 month ago by Mark

London

Reports

Don’t Let Photo ID Prevent You From Voting


Don't have photo ID to vote at the election? How's how to get some...

Reported 1 month ago by Tess

Manchester

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: CARAG


In the second part of Johns Those Who Help series, he tells us about the good work of CARAG

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Reports

What kinds of upstream/downstream services will the next UK government offer?


Mark talks about mental health services, the importance of accessing a dual diagnosis practitioner and the impact of having the opportunity to set up his own peer-led social group.

Reported 1 month ago by Mark

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Those Who Help: Inini Initiative


In the first of his six part Those Who Help series, John tells about the great work of the Inini Initiative

Reported 1 month ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Reports

Listen Up! Podcast Primary Share Episode Two ‘Mark Speaks Up’


In episode 2 of Listen Up's Primary Share Podcast entitled 'Mark Speaks Up' Mark speaks to Caroline Shullman about his experience accessing primary care. 

Reported 2 months ago by Mark

London

Blogs

Reports

A Response to the Dwp’s Latest Plans to Tackle Fraud


In this piece Charlie calls out the DWP for politically motivated policies targeting benefit fraud

Reported 2 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Reports

Borderline Personality Disorder


The diagnosis borderline personality disorder has a bad reputation, some people even question whether it is a real condition. But is it like to be diagnosed with it? Here, Tess from Listen Up! tells us what BPD is to her

Reported 2 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Reports

Video Stories

My Community – A Film by Karen


Karen takes us on a tour of where she calls home and tells us about the community she finds there

Reported 2 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Occupation of Lesnes


In this piece reporter Andrea talks to local resident Dr Johnnel Olabhie about his reasons for occupying the Lesnes estate in Thamesmead.

Reported 2 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

PIP/POP Round Three


In the third part of his PIP vs POP series, Miles walks us through what happened when someone he knew had a phone assessment for their ESA

Reported 3 months ago by Miles

York

Reports

My night in the occupation


Andrea describes her night staying in the occupation house in Lesnes Estate in Thamesmead to protest the proposed demolition of homes.

Reported 3 months ago by Andrea

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Decaying Dentistry


Karen reports on her experience of trying to access dentistry in the NHS- "If you're on a very, very low wage or if you're on benefits or if you're street homeless, you haven't got a chance."

Reported 3 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Reports

Listen Up! Podcast: Primary Share- Speak Up!


In the first episode of the Primary Share podcast series, hear from Listen Up! community reporters Mahesh, Y.C.G, Shift, Mat and Mark.

Reported 3 months ago by Mat

London

Blogs

Reports

The Wait for Therapy Continues


After spending 15 months on a waiting list for talking therapy a letter from Mental Health Services comes through the door. It was not the letter Tess was hoping for, instead it demonstrated the heavy pressure the NHS is under

Reported 3 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Sometimes the Right Decision is not Ok


In this deeply personal reflection about decisions we make for all the right reasons, Tess speaks of the internal conflict left behind around things which cannot be undone

Reported 3 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Reports

Andrea interviews Nicolas about the Great Tommy Sleep Out


Andrea interviews Nicolas Cohen about his participation in the Great Tommy Sleep Out.

Reported 3 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Andrea Interviews Jennifer Dunston at the Great Tommy Sleep Out


Andrea Interviews Jennifer Dunston about her participation in the Great Tommy sleep out in London that happened in March this year.

Reported 3 months ago by Andrea

London

Reports

Le Voyage


In this photo series, Y.C.G wonderfully narrates a days Journey from Ilford to The Groundswell office.

Reported 3 months ago by Y.C.G.

London

Blogs

Reports

What is Compassion [Part three – Hot]


In this report, part three of three, Mat describes the lack of compassion in the world toward people experiencing homelessness, to show the need for more of it.

Reported 3 months ago by Mat

London

Blogs

Reports

What is Compassion [Part two – Warm]


In this report, number two of three, Mat gets more descriptive in talking about what is involved in compassion.

Reported 3 months ago by Mat

London

Blogs

Reports

What is Compassion [Part one – Colder]


In this report [part one of three] Mat talks about the language behind compassion and try to show that the words are both a reflection and a pointer to the way we think about and show compassion.

Reported 3 months ago by Mat

London

Blogs

Reports

Women in homelessness


In this piece Andrea draws attention to the women who are experiencing homelessness.

Reported 3 months ago by Andrea

London

Reports

My Health, My Right


This year World Health Day is promoting health as a right. This is what we, at Listen Up!, are doing to help

Reported 4 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Invisibility Cloak


"Being homeless clearly comes with an invisibility cloak," tells TJ in this heart-breaking and infuriating report about a death in his town and the impact of strangers

Reported 4 months ago by TJ

Birmingham

Blogs

Reports

Care Should be Provided on a Needs Basis


In this report Charlie talks about the way that service delivery can favour certain types of characters. It's like baby bear's porridge - the system doesn't like people who are too quiet and it doesn't like those people that are too loud and outspoken. Services shouldn't be delivered as a reward for being a certain type of person but instead on the basis of what people need, regardless of what type of person they are or who they know.

Reported 4 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Who is Michael? He’s the new CEO of Groundswell !!!


Mark interviews Michael, Groundswell's CEO. They talk all things DJing, strategy and visions for the future.

Reported 4 months ago by Mark

London

Reports

Video Stories

Cats – A Short Film by Sarka


In this report Listen Up reporter Sarka talks about the connection she has with Cats and the difficulties faced by people experiencing homelessness when it comes to finding a place where they can live with their pets.

Reported 4 months ago by Sarka

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Social Services & Cultural Awareness


"Today I will be talking about social services and cultural awareness"

Reported 4 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

What Changes?


"If nothing has changed in seven decades, we can only ask what has gone wrong, do politicians really care, do our votes really matter?"

Reported 4 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

World Day of Social Justice: Thank You All Volunteers!


"Thank you to all that helped me in my darkest hour, for you all helped me in my path towards the light."

Reported 4 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

The Least We Can Do is Give Army Vets a Decent Place to Live


In this report Andrea talks about the need for army veterans to be offered an obstacle free path to safe and secure housing.

Reported 4 months ago by Andrea

London

Audio Stories

Reports

The Migrants of Coventry


"Today I will be talking about the migrant community of Coventry, which of course I am a part of as a national from Zimbabwe."

Reported 5 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

Self-Harm


Self-harm is frequently stigmatised and rarely talked about. Here Tess opens up about her experiences and about what she found helped. Content warning: this report is about self-harm.

Reported 5 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Microreports

Reports

Corporate Smoke and Mirrors


This short thought report talks briefly about the way the community cow is squeezed for every last drop. The Image is a photograph taken by Mahesh

Reported 5 months ago by Mahesh

London

Blogs

Reports

From Budget Day to Happiness Day – You Decide


"6th March is Spring Budget day... so you have a fortnight to digest it ready for celebrating International Day of Happiness on the 20th March"

Reported 5 months ago by Miles

York

Reports

It’s Our Responsibility


In this piece for the Charter to End Rough Sleeping in London, John speaks of our collective responsibility to end rough sleeping

Reported 5 months ago by John

Coventry

Microreports

Reports

It is commendable to be volunteering


It is commendable to be volunteering…in any field, really, especially when you applaud the reciprocal positives from your interactions with people and activities around you. 

Reported 5 months ago by Mahesh

London

Microreports

Reports

Derailed…


One moment one is going about one’s busy-ness, with a regular rhythm – next thing… Wow…how the 😳 did that happen? 

Reported 5 months ago by Mahesh

London

Blogs

Reports

Time to Talk Day – Are You Happy?


"Today I will be asking: are you happy?"

Reported 5 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”


"In this chaotic fast-paced world we live in, where we are too busy for one another, especially when times are difficult, I can't help but notice there's a lack of kindness. When I do see acts of kindness it's usually given by those who have the least and who are already a little broken themselves."

Reported 5 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

A Little Bit of Kindness Goes a Long Way


In this short report Mat makes the point that people experiencing homelessness need to be treated with a bit of extra kindness in order to engage effectively with health services.

Reported 5 months ago by Mat

London

Blogs

Reports

The Smallest of Interactions Amplified


In this piece Mat Amp talks about the way that the impact of small interactions have an amplified impact on you when you are homeless or in recovery.

Reported 5 months ago by Mat

London

Reports

Transformation


Y.C.G uses a series of photos and quotes to represent the notion of 'transformation'.

Reported 5 months ago by Y.C.G.

London

Blogs

Reports

Box Ticking Bureaucrats


In this piece Mahesh voices his frustration at the way people delivering services tend to tick boxes and the stereotyping this leads to.

Reported 5 months ago by Mahesh

London

Blogs

Reports

The Same Old Cycle


In this report Mahesh uses his personal and original writing style to share his frustration at the way the system continues to make the same mistakes, seemingly learning nothing from the costs of the mistakes that it keeps on making.

Reported 5 months ago by Mahesh

London

Blogs

Reports

Human Rights Are Wrong!!!


Are our human rights being observed?

Reported 5 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

HOME is a HUMAN RIGHT


"What a way to live! Under a big cloud of uncertainty and in substandard living conditions which are having a terrible effect on people’s mental and physical health and wellbeing," says Karen in her piece highlighting how housing is more than bricks and mortar

Reported 5 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

What is Gained


"Writing is a cathartic process for me – it helps me to organise my thoughts and feelings, it helps me to box things off in my head, it helps me to recalibrate and move on. I often don’t need to do those things when I’m up," writes Tess in this piece exploring identity whilst living with depression and a personality disorder

Reported 6 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

I Love Books aka Why I Volunteer


"I spend half my weekends in a shop. I’m not spending money but I’m also not earning any," begins Tess in her report about why she volunteers

Reported 6 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Reports

Schizophrenia and Me


In this written report, Mark talks about his diagnosis of paranoid Schizophrenia and describes some of the stigma and discrimination he has faced because of it.

Reported 6 months ago by Mark

London

Press

Reports

Labour Homelessness Campaign -Temporary Accommodation


In this piece written for the Labour Hub in 2022, Andrea shines some light on the chronic problem of temporary housing and the need for more homes to be built.

Reported 6 months ago by Andrea

Twickenham

Audio Stories

Reports

Andrea Talks About Helping a Family from the Traveler Community with their Rent Arrears


In this report Listen Up reporter Andrea talks to Mat Amp about some of the work she is doing to help a family from the traveler community to maintain their tenancy and manage their debts.

Reported 6 months ago by Andrea

Richmond

Blogs

Reports

Depression [verb]


"We all have times we are sick of everything. That if we could wave a magic wand and make things disappear, we would. That makes us want to scream fuck off to the world and get some peace to allow us to focus on what matters to us. The trouble is, some of us are already carrying so much that we don’t have the mental space to be able to take on anything else. So, when that crunch moment comes and we want to wave that wand, we instead want to go to sleep and never wake up."

Reported 6 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Audio Stories

Blogs

Reports

Emotions for our Future – Charisma


"I believe that if groups and organisations in the fight against homelessness find confident people that are driven by causes and beliefs that align with that mission, then more can be achieved in the battle."

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Blogs

Reports

Emotions for our Future – Empathy


"If more people were empathetic, then they would most likely act against most of the injustices that they see take place in front of their eyes, in their own communities."

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Blogs

Reports

Education is Empowerment


"It can completely change a society as it gives people the knowledge to find solutions to their problems. It allows them to be more self-aware about themselves, their environment, and the functionalities of the world. To put it simply, it provides an opportunity for change."

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Audio Stories

Blogs

Reports

The Importance of Family Structure


"The family unit is a foundational element in an individual's life, providing emotional support, a sense of belonging, and a framework for personal and social development."

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

The Trauma of Coventry


"The deindustrialisation of the city most certainly affected entire families and communities, having their entire way of lives changed based on an economic plan that did not include them."

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

Brave New World


In this report a reporter who chooses to remain anonymous [Anon 1] talks about the DWP applying for frightening new invasive powers to snoop on claimants in order to counter fraud and the nature of the reporting on this issue from online news outlets.

Reported 6 months ago by Anon 1

London

Blogs

Reports

A Universal Homeless Charter – What is Out There Right Now?


In this piece Mat Amp continues his series on the case for the introduction of a universal homeless charter by looking at a few examples of the different guidelines that are out there.

Reported 6 months ago by Mat

London

Reports

Some Distant Voices?


Drawing on first hand experience and in Y.C.G's signature style, the report describes the challenges and feelings involved when navigating the UK's housing system. Y.C.G also emphasises the urgent need for this system to work for everyone.

Reported 6 months ago by Y.C.G.

London

Blogs

Reports

The Different Types of Homelessness


There are many types of homelessness, lets explore them

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

The Bright Students of Coventry


If we can house students, why can't we house everyone?

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

New Year, New Cycle


Today I am here to remind you to rejoice. The new year has come, a new cycle has come with it, and with it, new responsibilities.

Reported 6 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

The Curse of Supported Accommodation (part 2)


"Through the trials and tribulations of being in “supported accommodation,” through all the having to hold myself back due to housing benefits claims and cost of rent charges (£300-odd pound a week if working), this is where it’s ended up."

Reported 6 months ago by TJ

Birmingham

Blogs

Reports

National Squirrel Day


"Awareness is vital for many things, but highlighting something for 24 hours doesn't exactly support real changes needed, does it?"

Reported 7 months ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

Illegally evicted and the finale [Part 17]


Andrea reflects on a frustrating few months in the final report of her real-time illegal eviction series.

Reported 7 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

The True Leaders in York


"My message to businesses, government, commissioners, funders, statutory services and general society... you have untapped genius amongst your community - your task, if you choose to accept it - find them before they find you out."

Reported 7 months ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

A Tale of Two Xmas Cities


"So next time you visit York, remember this place immediately next to the train station, maybe you could stop, reflect, then show an act of kindness if you want to."

Reported 7 months ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

Christmas Spirit


"Settle back to your bed, (sorry bench), we know your sort, that's why we have security on the door, and anyway, we've phoned the police cos you’re creating a disturbance for our shoppers with your anti-social behaviour."

Reported 7 months ago by Miles

York

Reports

Stigma


Through the means of poetry, Shift explores the topic of stigma.

Reported 7 months ago by Shift

Brighton and Hove

Reports

The Common Ambition Project and Our Big Hub Idea


In this written report, Shift explores the Brighton and Hove Common Ambition project's mission to improve the access to and delivery of health services for people experiencing homelessness in the city. It asks the all important questions about communication, trust and quality of health care.

Reported 7 months ago by Shift

Brighton and Hove

Reports

An Epiphany


After being approached on the train by someone asking for money, Mark explores his thoughts on human survival, personal battles and extending kindness.

Reported 7 months ago by Mark

London

Reports

Human Rights, Human Wrongs


Using a creative style of writing, Y.C.G explores the complexities of human Rights, human nature, spirituality and society.

Reported 7 months ago by Y.C.G.

London

Blogs

Reports

Deck the Halls


Miles brings the Christmas carol Deck the Halls up to date with added political meaning...

Reported 7 months ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

The Curse of Supported Accommodation (part 1)


In the first of a series about supported accommodation, TJ introduces us to the predicament people find themselves in when they are initially offered support

Reported 7 months ago by TJ

Birmingham

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Never Ending Circles [Part 16]


In this report, part of an ongoing real-time series focusing on her recent experience of being illegally evicted, Andrea writes about a lack of constructive help when it comes to finding a new place to live.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Renting is Hard


Tess describes her recent experience of navigating the private rental sector and the impact it has taken on her mental health

Reported 8 months ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

The Cost of Helping


"Something really needs to be done to support the smaller groups of ordinary nine to five people that are making more of dent in the homeless crisis than any politician."

Reported 8 months ago by TJ

Birmingham

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Family support [Part 15]


In this report, part of a real time series in which Andrea talks about dealing with an illegal eviction, Andrea considers the importance of the support she has received from family and friends and wonders where she would be without it

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally evicted and counselling   [Part 14]


In this report Andrea writes about her experience of seeking counselling to help deal with the depression caused by being illegally evicted.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally evicted and some joy at last  [part 13]


Andrea continues to report in real time on her experience getting illegally evicted, trying to get her belongings back from her previous address and battling to find a new place to live.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and More Drama  [Part 12]


In this report Andrea continues to talk about her recent experience getting illegally evicted and her struggle to find a new place to live.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Disaster Strikes [part 11]


In this report Andrea continues to report on being made illegally homeless and her battle to find somewhere new to live.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Lifestyle choice part 2


In this report Charlie continues talking about the ridiculous idea that homelessness is a lifestyle choice. Please read Lifestyle Choice Part 1 before reading this.

Reported 8 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Reports

Illegally evicted and emotionally wrecked [Part 10]


In this series reported in real time, Andrea talks about her experience of getting Illegally evicted and her battle to get rehoused.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Recovery and Self Belief


In this report Mat talks about the need for a little belief in launching a sustainable recovery.

Reported 8 months ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Lifestyle Choice Part 1


In this report Charlie talks about Braverman's recent comment about homelessness being a lifestyle choice. This is the first part of a two part report.

Reported 8 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Drama with the Form  [Eviction Series Pt 9]


In this piece Andrea continues to talk about dealing with her recent eviction. This is the 9th instalment in the series. Please check out the rest,.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Closer to the Room (Eviction series, part 8)


This is the 8th piece in Andrea's Eviction Series. She talks about dealing with a sudden unexpected eviction and trying to find somewhere else to live.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

The Cost of Living Crisis in Coventry


Hello everyone, its John Chiko again. I will be focusing on the cost of living crisis and its effect on Coventry and its people.

Reported 8 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Back to Square One (Eviction series, part 7)  


This basically means that landlords in England can get away with chucking you out and leaving you homeless, without giving you access to your belongings. 

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

To Love is To Care 


Let me introduce myself. My name is John Chikondewa Mpaso, however most people call me either “John “or “Chiko”

Reported 8 months ago by John

Coventry

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and back to the Council (Eviction series, part 6) 


You get signposted to organisations that don't have the capacity to support you, so they signpost you to the services that you have been rejected from.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and my Belongings (Eviction series, part 5) 


I guess I'm just used to dealing with madness now and getting on with it without the need to harm myself.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

London

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and the Police (Eviction series, part 4) 


I am feeling positive that this will now be resolved even if it takes longer than expected. I don't know what will come of this, but I just want my stuff back and to move on from this experience which has been dragging on longer than needed by a rogue landlord that thinks they're above the law.

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

Richmond

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and the Madness [Eviction Series Part 3]


I understand there is a lack of funding for services, but the lack of communication is really testing my patience and I'm starting to feel low. I'm now having to ask to stay at my friend's for longer than planned and becoming really resentful towards being on Universal Credit. 

Reported 8 months ago by Andrea

Richmond

Blogs

Reports

So This Is A Choice Is It?


In this report, Karen responds to the comments made by Suella Braverman, Home Secretary, that many people sleeping rough are doing so as a lifestyle choice.

Reported 8 months ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Navigating Councils (Eviction series, part 2) 


You can follow all the correct policies and procedures and still not get anywhere with getting housed. I have had no support with interim temporary accommodation and now have to rely on friends for somewhere to stay. I'm literally beyond fuming and helpless in the situation as I don't know what action I can take and who will be baring the cost. 

Reported 9 months ago by Andrea

Twickenham

Blogs

Reports

Illegally Evicted and Free (Eviction series, part 1) 


The impact illegal evictions can have on people is not widely discussed. So here are my thoughts as I'm going through this. 

Reported 9 months ago by Andrea

Richmond

Blogs

Reports

What has Listen Up done for Me


The Listen Up! project has given me belonging, creative outlet, learning opportunities, participation opportunities and feeling of safety and appreciation. I am really grateful and feel fortunate to be part of this project that has become an important part of my life.

Reported 9 months ago by Anon 1

London

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The Plan to Abolish the Working Capability Assessment


But the government are doing away with them, and it is going to cause absolute havoc and poverty and distress. And it's going to cost lives. There's no two ways about it. It's going to cost lives.

Reported 9 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Do we need a volunteer charter? Some Background…


It is difficult to argue against the assertion that homeless services have improved over the past 20 years, especially when it comes to valuing the voice of people with experience of homelessness. For so long, that top down, hand out, pity-driven brand of charity would frame those people experiencing homelessness as wretched and helpless.  

Reported 9 months ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

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Andrea/John [Part 2] Andrea gives some advice on working together


That's how you go about these things. You have to do it collectively

Reported 9 months ago by Andrea

London

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Life, Loss and Johnny Concrete, Bethany


And yet, in the blink of an eye, it can all be taken away. I write from experience, and as if it had happened yesterday, I can remember exactly when my entire life was ripped apart. 

Reported 9 months ago by Aaron

Bolton

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A Visit to A&E


My recent visit to A&E was a real eye opener and validated my belief that mental health is at crisis point. Never have I witnessed so many distraught, desperate, poorly people.

Reported 9 months ago by Karen

Manchester

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John interviewed by Andrea about his experience in the U.K


Because you can tell a lot of the service users are very isolated, very isolated. A lot of people that face a lot of difficulties in terms of integrating one way or another, it really wears them down.

Reported 9 months ago by Andrea

Coventry

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Progression not Regression


The fear still lingers in my own flesh And bones, worrying, what is next? Who knows, nobody knows. My negativity governs over me. Positivity. Adopting a P.M.A, Positive Mental Attitude to everything, you must be joking?

Reported 9 months ago by Y.C.G.

London

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Healing the Past


And yet, even now, writing this, I feel a huge weight is being lifted as I drop the chains dragging me to the past and I exorcise the demon that’s been tearing at my soul for decades...Much love to you all

Reported 9 months ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Tell Me A Bit About Yourself


Tess tries to make sense of identity and self through the lens of mental illness and aliens

Reported 10 months ago by Tess

Manchester

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Off the Wrag


They are going to have that peace of mind taken away from them when this benefit is abolished as they are going to have to search for work straight away.They are going to lose money and they are going to be forced into conditions where they may be mentally incapable of coping.   

Reported 10 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Fighting the narrow perception of homelessness


By focusing on stereotypes in this way we exclude certain other groups and individuals, and we fail to see how homelessness impacts as it does many different individual people with their own stories.

Reported 10 months ago by Mat

London

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The potential anxiety of Government’s welfare reforms


In my opinion, many of the people I am talking about won't be able to deal with the stress and demands of regular job searches and are going to end up being sanctioned as a result. It is going to be so disruptive, just to save a bit of money in the short term.

Reported 10 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Getting into Therapy as a Recovering Alcoholic 


I ended up doing 12 sessions of CBT and it has changed my life for the better. 

Reported 10 months ago by Andrea

London

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Soul Service


One of the things I do outside of my reports for Listen Up at Groundswell is helping to run an afternoon cafe, once a week, in an established setting, which also provides daily breakfast for those experiencing homelessness, social exclusion and loneliness.

Reported 10 months ago by Miles

York

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PIP or POP – The Verdict Is In


So, it's a couple of weeks since my last report was posted on Listen Up and I have hot off the press news, from DWP/PIP… he/she/they say..........

Reported 10 months ago by Miles

York

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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul


"...When we borrow money, it needs paying back. We start robbing Peter to pay Paul and there starts the downward spiral..."

Reported 10 months ago by Karen

Manchester

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An Hour At A Time


"A day was like a lifetime in early recovery: it seemed so unachievable. An hour on the other hand felt kinder."

Reported 10 months ago by Karen

Manchester

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Preventing Suicide


What could have prevented me from trying to end my life? Content warning - this report is about suicide

Reported 10 months ago by Tess

Manchester

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We Need to Listen


In my opinion it is time we looked, and looked hard, at the type of progressive services that offer in-house counselling, so that others like them can be set up across the country. 

Reported 10 months ago by Mat

London

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Freedom to Work on Myself


Tess writes about her fears, unemployment benefits and the future

Reported 11 months ago by Tess

Manchester

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PIP or POP – Assessment Torture


"I've been helping someone with their ongoing PIP renewal applications. We wanted to say how pressured it's been, is, and more importantly, could be."

Reported 11 months ago by Miles

York

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The Ongoing Cost of Living Crisis   


The cost of living should have been focused on ten years ago, and on, right on to this present day. It's only because a larger part of the population is now affected that it has become such a point, and something is finally being done about it. 

Reported 11 months ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Grief or Loss -My Take


Grief. It's such a sensitive subject, there's no rights or wrongs in how to live with it- can you, can it pass, will it ever pass. Bigger and better people might think they have answers, I don't. 

Reported 12 months ago by Miles

York

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Can You Grieve Twice For One Person?


Am I already grieving for my dad even though he's still living? I'm looking at him now and I see life draining away from him, day by day he's deteriorating, becoming the shadow of the man he used to be.

Reported 12 months ago by Karen

Manchester

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The Age of Exclusion (Digital Revolution)


The digital revolution, in my opinion, needs to be a lot more controlled in the sense of equal rights surrounding access to internet and devices. It could be a really good way of benefitting mankind as a whole, but we need the government to realise and remember those less fortunate and those that are financially struggling.

Reported 12 months ago by TJ

Birmingham

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My Bench


A poem about how we all need parks, no matter who we are and why

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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The Trials of Digital Exclusion


"What happens if you haven't got a son like mine, a phone, wi-fi, the mental capacity or the patience? Where do these people get help to complete forms that are so long winded and repetitive?"

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Loss of Digital Access through Libraries


For a start a lot of libraries now aren't called libraries anymore, they are called Discovery Centres and so they are trying to discourage homeless people from going into them, which is wrong because it has always been a safe haven for homeless people.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Loneliness & Isolation


"Addiction/mental health created that void, that hole in my soul... This was a very lonely time in my life, very dark and self-loathing."

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Digital Learning through cafes


So these places should also open up and provide someone who is technologically savvy and teaches people how to work on the tablets, and teach people what to do when they get in to problems.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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The Need for a Volunteer Charter [part 2]


They should have a path built into take them up to where they can go, whether that is going back into the work place or reaching the highest limits that they can, whether it be permitted work or even just staying on the dole

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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The Coronation is a Waste of Money


Let's have it right, that's what it is. It's hypocrisy backed by the ideological state apparatus which in this country is a huge fucking machine and people are falling for it left, right and centre.

Reported 1 year ago by Steve

London

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Homeless Communities


When we think about the experience of being homeless, we often think about isolation and loneliness but there are different and powerful communities that people with experience of homelessness can be part of.  

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

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Ten Years


"Ten years is only significant because part of me has decided it should be." Tess reflects on whether it means anything to have survived the last ten years and the significance of joy

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Manchester

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Karen Reports: The Wellspring


Karen returns with another film - this time spotlighting The Wellspring project in Stockport.

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Stockport

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Karen Interviewed


Listen Up! have been fortunate to build a relationship with Homeless Diamonds – an arts magazine which compiles writing and art by people associated with St Mungo's. The latest issue featured an interview between Reporter Karen and Project Officer Tess. You can read the full interview here.

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Manchester

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My Struggle with Technology


The world seems to have gone crazy. Everything including booking NHS appointment or dealing with benefits or the council rent account requires access to internet and the ability to use it.

Reported 1 year ago by Anon 1

London

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Video Stories

Mat Goes Home


Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

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The Day the Prince Came to Chat


How did Miles come to chat to a prince? Find out about his experience here

Reported 1 year ago by Miles

York

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Red Nose Day


Yeah, I really, really love doing this kind of stuff. So honestly, I would just feel better if I had more opportunities like this. That's it.

Reported 1 year ago by Nawshin

London

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Is Any Roof Better Than No Roof?


"Being homeless really is sometimes a bad catch 22 and it’s not always the rough sleeper's fault."

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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People Say Money is the Route of All Evil


"People say money is the route of all evil, in most cases I’d agree but I’ve come to realise over the past month or so that a close contender for the route of all evil is emotions."

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Pets Are All The Reasons


"Cats, dogs and other kinds of other animals, are there when other humans aren’t; they love unconditionally; they are friends, family and hope all rolled into one and all they ask in return is kindness."

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Manchester

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Prince William Podcast


Prince William in conversation with Groundswell volunteer reporters Miles and Nawshin on their ‘Listen Up! podcast

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

London

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Any Roof Experience


Miles reports on his experience of applying for a property and the decisions he had to make along the way

Reported 1 year ago by Miles

York

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Council Tax Farce


"the people on the lowest incomes seem to be penalised the most and that's what I've been - I've been punished"

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Red Nose Day


All in all it seems to me that this collaboration with the BBC and Comic Relief was an incredibly positive experience for all who took part.  

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

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Eviction


"This is just one incident of how someone can be evicted through no fault of their own and how the system has failed them."

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

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Nuisance Beggars


"Just been reading an article about how the Prime Minister is to launch a crackdown on nuisance beggars causing public distress. It's saying that the police and local authorities will get added powers to target these people deemed to be causing public distress."

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Karen Reports: Made in Manchester


Karen speaks to Claire about her experiences of rough sleeping in Manchester in a follow up to her previous film. Content warning:  this film speaks of a sexual assault

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

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This Project is Evolving


The strength of it has always been with the first hand reports and it seems to be carrying on that way.

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

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Skills for life


For me, I was so mired in shame when I started working for Groundswell, that I was almost unable to make a decision without deferring to my boss.

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

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Net Access, Gross Benefit


Access to the net can help people as they struggle to recover and rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness. It does this by providing information and support through a remote connection to others, support that comes in the form of both practical advice and human emotional support. 

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

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My Erasmus Experience


Groundswell are currently working with partner organisations from Ireland, Italy and Hungary, on an Erasmus+ funded project. In this report Karen reflects on her experience of visiting partners in Budapest to learn from their work.

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Video Stories

Do You Feel Heard?


Charlie, Nawshin and Miles tell how it feels to be and not to be heard in this Listen Up! animation

Reported 1 year ago by Miles

London

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I Have Nightmares, Do You?


I sometimes feel very juvenile when I tell people I have nightmares, but everyone I’ve spoken to about nightmares says they have them too. Why don’t we talk about them? What are we afraid of?

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Manchester

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My Budapest Experience


Groundswell are currently working with partner organisations from Ireland, Italy and Hungary, on an Erasmus+ funded project which focuses on sharing learning on how best to support older people experiencing homelessness. In this report Miles reflects on his experience of visiting partners in Budapest to learn from their work.

Reported 1 year ago by Miles

York

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Vouchers and Stigma


And the real nub of this is when this person couldn't use this to buy the food they were almost dreaming of at that point because they didn't have any other money and they were hungry and they were told to just put it on their credit card or pay through some other way or means.

Reported 1 year ago by Mat

London

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Doorway To A Dark Place


When you stand in a shop doorway what do you see? In my experience a shop doorway is the home of invisibility, pain, suffering and longing.

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Digital Inclusion with Janet and John


Janet feels that every time she goes for help people talk down to her and patronise her (the current tutor John is not like this at all). She goes to charities who get funding who offer her help, but the sessions aren’t what she wants. Worse, they aren’t frequent enough, and she constantly hears the word confidence, or it’s implied lack, which is in some way her fault.

Reported 1 year ago by Tom

Brighton

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What HHPA training has done for me


I've been doing HPAA work, Homeless Health Peer Advocacy. And yeah, I have to say, I find it really rewarding, you know, for a few reasons.

Reported 1 year ago by Steve

London

Audio Stories

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The Need for a Volunteer Charter


So I believe there should be a charter for volunteers, because I believe that this is a section that is exploited. They are cheap and easily disposable

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Trauma


What do you do when you are told by a psychologist that you likely have PTSD from your homelessness?

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Stoke-on-Trent

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Volunteer


I really enjoy being able to give my time freely it is so rewarding and gives me a sense of purpose. Once I got into recovery and sorted my life out I knew I wanted to be a volunteer and give a little bit back to society because I received so much help when I was at my lowest.

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Karen Reports: Claire’s Story


Karen interviews Claire about her experiences of homeless and the importance of home

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

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Allow Your Voice to be Heard


I don't ask if someone can or can't do something. Ask yourself how it can be done and then allow your voice to be heard. 

Reported 1 year ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Mental Health and Addiction are Symptoms


At the end of the day it is all about the cause. It not about whether it’s mental health, whether it’s drink or whether its gambling, it’s about what caused the issues in the first place – what was it at the start that made your mentality turn that way in the beginning.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Why I don’t want to work in addiction services


I don't want to work in recovery at the moment because I don't want to have a job just for being an ex addict and then being known with my employers as an ex addict.

Reported 1 year ago by Sheryle

London

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Temporary Accommodation, Temporary Respite


Personally my experience of TA, was of a world difficult to access, It's wildness pummeled me, not so much mentally, as spiritually, punishing me, depressing the natural bonvivantness of my life, my joie de vivre generally. 

Reported 1 year ago by Mahesh

London

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Lets Get A Football Ground


A borough councils football club had an outdated football ground and were facing going into administration. The local council had the bright idea to give them £10.25m loan to buy a plot of land next to the stadium and bring the team out of administration. The money literally vanished and no work or improvements were carried out.

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Duty of Care pt 2


There are so many factors in both part one and part two of my article that contribute to the lack of duty of care. It’s my personal opinion that something really needs to be done about the lack of duty of care. This opinion is open to discussion though as it’s a key factor in people getting out of homelessness back into a normal sustainable life.

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Duty of Care pt 1


Despite being a "legal requirement" for all service providers that deal with vulnerable or troubled people "duty of care", is a phrase that gets thrown around by the majority of "support and wellbeing services" to make themselves sound good on paper or sound good theoretically.

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Everybody Needs Somebody


"..the paramedic got there and said I couldn’t have done anything better and that I probably saved his life..."

Reported 1 year ago by TJ

Birmingham

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Little Benefit to Benefits


I believe the benefits system should keep volunteers on full benefits plus pay you extra when you do these volunteering jobs. This would help to build up your confidence give you that takes the pressure away from being unemployed, being on the breadline.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Listen Up! Podcast: Is it possible to fully recover? With Nel and Miles


In this podcast, Nel and Miles share their experiences of addiction, recovery, mental health and homelessness giving hope to others and sharing what helped them get through.

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

London

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Listen Up! Podcast: Is it possible to fully recovery? With Mat and Mahesh


In this podcast, Mat and Mahesh share their experiences of addiction, recovery, mental health and homelessness giving hope to others and sharing what helped them get through.

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

London

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Listen Up! Podcast: Is it possible to fully recover? With Karen and Laura


In this podcast, Karen and Laura share their experiences of recovery, addiction, mental health and homelessness giving hope to others and sharing what helped them get through.

Reported 1 year ago by Tess

Manchester

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Volunteering, a Bridge to Work


Or if you get a job, you get to the factory, the shop, the office building or whatever it is, and you just can't cross the threshold because of that fear, that pure fear of failure.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Where have the dry houses gone?


Dry houses offer the opportunity for residents to access counselling, benefits, housing advice and help in looking for employment. This can be especially helpful when people are fresh out of rehab and prone to relapse.

Reported 1 year ago by Charlie

Winchester

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A Year with Groundswell


I feel more involved in what is happening around me and more aware of the real problem we have of homelessness and health inequalities in this country

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Let’s Pull Together and Prove Them Wrong


When the government lets us down and the powers that be ignore us, when the rich and privileged turn a blind eye to the dire and squalid lives that many have to endure. When all of this seems so overwhelming and pointless, when any hope or vision of an easier better life is out of reach. The Community Spirit always finds a way to shine through, to make someone's struggle a little lighter and, yes, I know it's only a sticking plaster but it's better than nothing isn't it?

Reported 1 year ago by Karen

Manchester

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Karen Reports: Andrew’s Story


Karen interviews Andrew about his experiences of homelessness and recovery

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

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The Cost of Mental Health


There is plenty of proof out there to show that mental health problems can seriously exacerbate physical illness, affecting outcomes and the cost of treatment.

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

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Glass Half Empty or Half Full?


So now when I'm asked the question is my glass half empty or half full, my reply is simply this "I need a bigger glass!"

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Temporary Accommodation [Part 2]


During this time the staff never stopped helping me with whatever i needed, they respected my long-term health issues and helped me to find a suitable property and assisted me in attending all viewings.

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Temporary Accommodation [Part 1]


I wasn’t given an explanation and though they didn’t say the words I felt like I was being told I didn’t belong here and to just fuck off! Anger, disappointment, upset, sadness, despair, shock and above all – overwhelming loneliness,

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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12 Days of Reporting


On the 12th day of Xmas Groundswell posed to me..

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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The Real Meaning and Reality of Christmas


There are two sides of Christmas - the meaning and the reality

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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An Alcoholics Christmas


Alcohol is the only drug I know that you have to make excuses why you don't want it.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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12 States of Housing


On the 12th day of Xmas, Groundswell posed to me...

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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This Is What Addiction Is All About


My friend died today. And. Yeah. Just wanted to talk about it really.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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Recovery is a Journey


Recovery is often a journey. It took me quite a while to learn that. But once I did my perception of life changed forever  and I was able to begin to heal. 

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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What does recovery mean to me?


I am still healing, or recovering if you wish. I’ve allowed my perceptions to change, it’s allowed me to seek help from other sources, sources I never would’ve even considered before

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Food is our Fuel


But spare a thought for those that do not have a choice. For those that are sleeping rough, food is their fuel! 

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Video Stories

Do You Feel Heard? – Nel’s Story


This short animation describes the barriers that reporter Nel has faced accessing healthcare as a woman experiencing homelessness

Reported 2 years ago by Nawshin

London

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Do You Feel Heard? – Miles’ Story


In this short animation, Miles describes the realities of trying to navigate healthcare as a person in recovery with few choices and little time

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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Do You Feel Heard? – Charlie’s Story


This animation describes the barriers that Charlie experienced as a parent in supported accommodation with mental health issues.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Cost of Living


And the main thing we're trying to save our money for is to pay for the heating bill... I've never seen the cupboards looking so bare

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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A Bitter Taste of Longing


My eyes sting from the bitter tears that fall silently down my cheeks and my stomach growls painfully in anticipation of a meal that is beyond my means.

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Temporary Accommodation


it’s just not right that people existing in our professed compassionate society are forced into soulless, desperate places to sleep

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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Molar Misery


So, my health journey continues with my trip today to the teeth police, or dentists to be more polite

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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“The past would let go of me…”


I wondered if feeling this way was worth it to get help – should the process to find treatment make me feel so vulnerable?

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Manchester

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Dr Doctor


 Whilst this option may offer a modicum of convenience for some people, it wouldn’t be the best option for me. When i see my GP face to face, i feel like I am valued as a person and I’m actually being listened to with care and attention, that I am not just another person on the conveyor belt of medical misery. 

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Listen Up to the Positives


Now, in it’s current form, the project known as Listen Up! is primarily concerned with improving the provision of services by sharing reporters’ stories through the Listen Up! website. In addition the project is trying to change the way that the media reports on homelessness so that the public views those with experience of homelessness with humanity and understanding rather than judgement and pity

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

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Discussions About Homelessness


Why do people stereotype and judge the less fortunate? Why do they assume that "homeless" only refers to those living on the streets and that alcohol and drugs are the root cause?

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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A refund too far…?


I couldn’t believe it. Who are they to tell me what to do with what is essentially MY money and not theirs? Not to mention the utterly condescending way the message was delivered.

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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What Difference Do Social Connections Make?


When we are unsure, we seek the familiar

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Stoke-on-Trent

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As Fate Would Have It


my  problem was with trying to register with a GP or a Dentist. I tried for months but nowhere would register me.  My health issues are severe and i need very thorough and regular health check ups as a side effect of previous treatments I had undergone. My frustration grew with every attempt at a different surgery when I would once again be told that I couldn’t register quite simply because I didn’t have a permanent address!

Reported 2 years ago by Aaron

Bolton

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Some Addicts Don’t Recover


We didn't think we were harming anyone at the time but, in reality, we were dragging the entire family through our addiction.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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How my cats kept me sane during difficult times


. But now the colony kitties were giving me respite and I was eventually able to take in my house cats. This was really helpful to all of us. Then we finally moved again, this time into a place that is more suitable for my house cats and I can even take my male kitty outside for walks. This mean a lot to us all. The kitty loves his outings and I enjoy going for walks with him especially on nice sunny days. 

Reported 2 years ago by Anon 1

London

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How Ironic


Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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Fraudulent Recovery


Truth is I’ve been feeling like a bit of a fraud. I try to picture myself how others would see me, and I worry that if I break the illusion that I’m “recovered” then it will somehow affect the way people relate to me or they will reject what I have to say.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Stoke-on-Trent

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The Bad Behaviour Buffer


Cyclical homelessness comes from much the same sources as criminal recidivism, lack of fear of the consequences, and failure to escape the problems that got you into trouble in the first place. I suffer the same warped worldview of many other formerly homeless people. I don’t really understand the “real” world anymore.

Reported 2 years ago by Tom

Brighton

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I Salute You


With deep respect and obeisance, I offer a salute to all humans and other sentient beings, who have suffered displacement in their lives due to politics, wars and or natural causes

Reported 2 years ago by Mahesh

London

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Bubbling Magma.


The realisation that one is truly, physically homeless, almost immediately and with very little warning can leave you stunned.

Reported 2 years ago by Mahesh

London

Blogs

Reports

“What Does Recovery Mean to You?”


September is recovery month, so I asked some friends, "What does recovery mean to you?" Here's what they said

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

I Took People as they Came


My old man gave me rule to go by, when I was young -- "you'll find good people and you'll find bad people, try an’ stick with the good people.”

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Reports

Remote vs Face 2 Face


Now it’s remote, we are doing much better with covering the workload. I mean one of our contracts covers Hampshire, Dorset and bits of Surrey. When we were doing that face to face it was impossible to cover because of the travel times.  

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Reports

Health Issues


Recognising that the degree of good health, mental and physical, differs for everyone, I personally would like, through my reportage to increase awareness of issues faced by those experiencing street homelessness.  I want to inform the general public and legal bodies, (overwhelmed as these bodies may be) so that they can better assist vulnerable people to acquire and sustain a less stressful, healthier and happier life. 

Reported 2 years ago by Mahesh

London

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Choose Life


Choose Life, init. Choose life and move on. Forget about the drugs and think of it as doing something rather than denying yourself something. You are getting something new, something you want. Instead of saying  no over and over again, you are saying yes. Yes, to life.  

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

Blogs

Reports

I Spent Over Three Years on the Floor


While I was sleeping on the floor...they knew my son was living there, they knew it was only a small little flat, and they knew that it was difficult. But I spent four and a half years sleeping on the floor, and I think this is because I was quiet.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Reports

Finally, That Day I Got My Flat Key


So, the day finally arrived, I'm nervous, excited and scared to unlock my new front door, it's happening...... finally

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

What Recovery Is or Isn’t (For Me)


I spent years lying.......to family, drugs and alcohol services, the GP's, the A&E staff and definitely MYSELF!

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

‘In Recovery’


I will always be recovering, I will never have this side of it boxed off.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

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Recovery from Domestic Abuse


Please note: this article talks about domestic abuse

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Sometimes


Sometimes we can have a problem that feels embarrassing to admit.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Manchester

Reports

Advice from the Listen Up! Reporters


At August’s reporter meeting, we had an icebreaker of “what advice would you give to everyone here”. It was so good, we wanted to share our advice with everyone

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

London

Reports

Crime and Punishment


The police decided I should be classed as a criminal, something that would effect me for the rest of my life . 

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Blogs

Reports

Two Days in a Heatwave


Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

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Hell is a Heatwave in a Bad Building


The atmosphere is muggy and there’s a sour smell in the flat, caused by the mice behind the cupboards and in the walls and by the rotting carpet.  The windows are sealed shut and haven’t been washed in years.

Reported 2 years ago by Maya Bly

London

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When Disadvantages Become Advantageous


Deprivation has ended up benefitting me.  I’m realising this with a sense of guilt. I defied the odds and opportunities related to deprivation boosted me and have created a better life.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Things Looking Up


Just remember that things will look brighter if you give it time to show itself to you

Reported 2 years ago by Laura

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Private Rental – Making it Harder for the Most Vulnerable


Can we truly say that someone on benefits who may be only getting £365 per month (UC) can afford to pay for the council tax, rent top up plus other things?

Reported 2 years ago by Laura

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Travel with Autism…


Many people don’t know that travelling with autism can be stressful for the person, family and others

Reported 2 years ago by Laura

Manchester

Blogs

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Class, Status, Money and Power


We are a nation obsessed with Class, Status, Money and Power

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Just Another Statistic


One of life's unfortunates that slipped through the net, It wasn't her fault she was just failed by the system

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

What Went Well?


17.07.2016

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

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Food Banks


Food banks are the first thing to show signs of a recession because the less money people have the less, they give to food banks

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

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Levelling Up


Levelling up isn’t about getting everyone up to a decent standard of living it is political strap line and nothing more

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

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Blooming Lovely


My gardening skills are basic but the enjoyment and peace I get from it is priceless

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Hey Life!


I didn't know the rules or understand And I sit here full of shame Why did you make my life so terribly hard?

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

My Mindset Dictates My Loneliness


For me loneliness is more of my state of mind rather than having people around me

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Omaze!


I got an email the other day inviting me to win a dream house for a tenner..

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

My Movie Role Today


I've just woken up, lived my dream through last night and I'm nervous what will the film be today...

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

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What Went Right?


What went right? It’s such a simple question but quite difficult to answer.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Support and Relationships


Support and relationships - these two words sum up how I finally emerged from my darkness that was homelessness and addiction after years of torment, desperation and shame. 

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

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Privilege/Class


I'm a white man, dad to two lads, reasonably state educated, quietly spoken former bank manager so I guess perception and society would see me as privileged.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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A Label Called ‘LIVED EXPERIENCE’


I prefer, and this is only mine, to use the phrase 'direct experience’ - its more accurate and defined. 

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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Recovery Gifts


I have people around me who understand my illness better, work with me on my behaviours, show me compassion when I still get things wrong, often, but they all say they're willing to continue because they see the effort and work I'm putting in to recover myself from darkness

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

Two Voices – Which One’s Right?


I live with two voices, one called 'temptation’, the other I refer to as 'magpie' and they both chat at every/any opportunity they get

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

My Health Impacted


My health, homelessness, and its physical impact on my body - wow there's a story I live with every day now.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

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What Went Well


I met Zoom people, in person today I have to say, was blown away

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Microreports

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Two World’s Collide


The world of homelessness, rough sleeping, addiction, mental health, the world of harsh realities, personal experience, confrontation, belligerents, the fight to get your word over, indifference, uncompromising, directed, haphazard, anger, pragmatic, raw 

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Microreports

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Where to get your net


It’s worth looking about at the moment for deals. Some projects were launched during the pandemic. It’s disappointing that it took a pandemic for some people to realise that people experiencing homelessness were in crisis long before Covid came along and will remain in Crisis long after we have learnt to live with the virus.  

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Microreports

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Food Banks at Breaking Point


Only the poorest and most vulnerable of us will suffer because of this...no change there then? 

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Reports

Loneliness


Then in the same breath I can be the life and soul of the party, bursting with confidence and right in the centre of everything and the only thing that's changed is my mindset. For me the feeling of loneliness depends on how my mental health is. 

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Finding Myself Once More


My volunteering opportunity with the Good Organisation allowed my creativity to come out and prosper

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Reports

ISOLATED


Am I lonely, or am I sad My head keeps telling me I’m just bad

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Reports

What is Home?


Everyone should have a home and feel safe and secure in it. We all deserve some love and happiness. 

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Blogs

Reports

Disconnection in the Age of Connectivity


I began to accept this new reality because I had become completely disconnected by this point. I had an extortionate pay as you go shitty ten quid burner phone that had the capacity to store no more than 10 40 word texts at a time. I had no access to the net by any means and the shame I felt at the situation I was in meant I stayed away from my real friends in the real world.  

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

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Laura talks to Mat Amp about the issues she faced during lockdown


Laura I think it is pretty much the same for everybody it's just trying to get all the operations done, getting on to the treatment, getting to go for all your assessments, so it's thrown up a lot of issues for everyone in the trans community but what people don't realise is that the longer someone initially waits for treatment it's causing other mental health issues. 

Reported 2 years ago by Laura

Manchester

Reports

Make Them Aware


This is her Mental Health, her isolation, her anxiety, her loneliness, her worst nightmare.       

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Blogs

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Loneliness, the scourge of the modern era.  The Poem


Notice that person at a party or function, who's there in the crowd, but strangely on their own They may not be the anti-social but instead they may be shy and finding it difficult to initiate communication. Shyness feeds loneliness because it traps you on an island that seems to be drifting away from the mainland all the time.  

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Loneliness, the scourge of the modern era. 


I don't know about you, but some of the loneliest and most painful times I've had have been in a crowd. Yes, I have felt at my loneliest surrounded by a lot of people.  As I said this is about getting people to think on the subject of loneliness and to talk about it.  

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Reports

How I was treated as an alcoholic patient


Looking back at the way I was treated, I didn't have any concerns regarding the medical procedures I received but the way I was treated as a person was demoralising at times.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

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What it Means to Survive


This year will be my ninth Survivaversary. In many respects it seems like a lifetime ago – especially with the last year factored in. But there is still something in me that can’t move on. Part of me that feels ashamed of what I did.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Manchester

Blogs

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Addiction is a Mental Illness


I’ve eventually learned that addiction is a recognised mental illness that thrives on isolation and it gripped me so much over the years, going undiagnosed by numerous referrals for help with my depression and anxiety. I hid behind drink.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Reports

Vulnerability


One person’s ego broke another’s soul and for what.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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How not to crack?


Embrace and hold tightly onto those things that lessen the hurt deep inside you. I like to cook in my pyjamas and sing loudly to Teddy Pendergrass, and I remember what my son used to love and my tears fall in to the bowl and I stir them in because that's my love, and I cook with love and I am love. I am not what they did to me or wrote about me or labelled me. Please say this out loud. You are so loved. 

Reported 2 years ago by GG

London

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Connection and Connectivity


Of course face-to-face connection and virtual connectivity are linked. Some people claim that the latter has destroyed the former by replacing it with an unreal and fake world, and that social media has subverted truth and exaggerated extremism, but surely this is just one negative in a sea of myriad impacts. For me the internet has been nothing but positive. I’ve got back in touch with old friends through social media and met a few new ones too.

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Blogs

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Barriers


What if I had low battery or full battery but it had been used up after being on hold a hour and half? What if my phone was not a smart phone as I couldn't afford one? What if I don't have the technology skills to connect with this new online crap and to manage emails and sending attachments? And the most important one to me is what if I don't have the identification they needed e.g passport, birth certificate?

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Microreports

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Vagrant in McDonald’s


Whilst dining in McDonald's I came across this sign: 'Beggars and vagrants are not permitted to enter the store'. I had to take a picture of it as I couldn't believe there is a sign excluding homeless people from eating or drinking in their restaurant. This was taken in Bethnal Green, London. Is this allowed?? What is their definition of a vagrant?   

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Getting Back to Life


And, you know, they've done a great job, rolled out the vaccine. Most people I know and myself included have been double jabbed and boostered. And I do think, I do think the restrictions should have been lifted a long, long time ago. And I think some of the restrictions have been absolutely pathetic and not made any sense, and I think that's that's why the public, you know it's enraged a lot of us, the stupidity of some of the restrictions.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Microreports

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Dark and Light part 2


'Dark and Light' is probably the most potent and personal piece I've ever done. But the job is only half done, you still need to rebuild your life.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Reports

On a raft at sea


Meanwhile the sun is shining on the boat while a cloud hangs over my head. Nobody is taking any notice of the fact it is always pissing rain on me whilst the sun is always shining on the ‘righteous’ on the boat because there is always the feeling that I deserve the cloud that is floating above my head. I deserve to be rained on.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Reports

Tax avoidance – the hidden culprits


Three things – ‘power’, ‘money’ and ‘privilege’ sum up how to avoid tax.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Reports

Dark and Light


When it's dark, that is all there is. When the light shines, there is always shadows and crevices nurturing the dark. 

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Microreports

Reports

Connection and Stories


You see the thing, above all else, that makes us human are our words and the stories we fashion around them. We tell stories about who we are and we are the product of the stories we tell. We are our stories and they are what connect us all.  

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Facing Feelings


I just wanted to try something a bit reactive and I had a conversation with someone, let's put it that way this morning, and they encouraged me to try and do things differently, so this is me trying to do things differently.

Reported 2 years ago by Steve

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

The system needs to trust advocates


One solution to this problem would be to allow the person in the support role to come in for part of the assessment. They could also offer advice and support to the person in the support role and get invaluable context to help with a diagnosis. The medical professional could provide the support worker with tips and coping mechanisms instead of just walking away in the opposite direction.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Reports

Living with COVID plan: to heat, or not to eat, that is the question


What do I think about the transition from full restrictions to living with COVID-19 guidelines, and I'll try to sum it up with one word - awkward! 

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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Mental Health, Addiction and Being Isolated


Two critical 'worlds' I've faced in the past few years - *isolation and addiction* - they walk hand-in-hand together into darkness and chaos in my experience.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Reports

Living with COVID Plan


The reality, I suspect for most people experiencing homelessness, is 'living with COVID' is what we've been doing all along.

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Microreports

Reports

Spreading yourself too thin – follow up


Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Microreports

Reports

Together we can make a difference


one voice in a deafening crowd gets lost within the maelstrom of noise

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Microreports

Our first face-to-face reporter meeting


I'm GG, Reporter for Listen up, nice to meet you. At the end of day we all said our final goodbyes, some heading to the tube, some staying in London overnight. I thanked everyone and said what a great day it had been. As I walked off with a spring in my step Charlie called out "you're fabulous". I said "you too".

Reported 2 years ago by GG

London

Blogs

Reports

A penny for your thoughts


I keep hearing about a cashless society but can you imagine if this actually happened? The pandemic pushed us more into cashless transactions. Most places insisted on card transactions only.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

I Can See Clearly Now


The optician compared new and old prescriptions and was totally baffled. He said the specs I'd been wearing weren't suitable for my eyesight and had no idea how or why this had happened.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Blogs

Reports

The need for physical connection


There are so many services that need to open up, get that physical help back out there. We are here to help and guide some of the most vulnerable people in our society. We can't do this remotely. It has to be face-to-face.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

London

Reports

9 Days


I have nine working days left before I am back on the streets.

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Reports

To Do List


I thought in this week's contribution, I would talk about my weekly to-do list, the to-do list that I have compiled this morning and that kind of reflects the legitimate problems of homelessness and health and living and trying to be creative and trying to be a human being.

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Microreports

Reports

I only worry about


@frogwitch @sadpeoplememes

Reported 2 years ago by GG

London

Microreports

Reports

Some of the many struggles of being a homeless woman


It is definitely harder being homeless as a women as there are not many female hostels about, especially for women with complex needs. This often means that the only option is to go into mixed hostels.

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Blogs

Reports

What does good health mean to me?


My life isn't perfect, but I have found that peace of mind and inner calm I've longed for. I have learned how to be positive even in the bleakest of times. I know what gratitude is, I have learned humility and I can empathise with others and be of help. Keeping physically, mentally and spiritually well is what 'good health' means to me.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Reports

What is Homelessness


Was I deluded or ignorant? I honestly thought you had to live on the streets to be classed as homeless and anyone who had a roof over their head was ok.

Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Reports

What is Homelessness


It's people's FEAR of being labelled, the shame, the guilt and it's quite simply hidden behind doors and masks.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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What is Home?


There is a huge disconnect between versions of homeless(ness) and home. One person’s thoughts of what home looks, sounds, smells, feels like can be extremely different to another.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Stoke-on-Trent

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Isolated


How do I feel at this present time. Anxious and nervous with no sense or rhyme.

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

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Levelling Up by 2030: Tomorrow’s Chip Paper


What does the government statement about 'Levelling up by 2030' really mean to me......?

Reported 2 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

Reports

Connectivity


For the vast part of my recovery from alcohol addiction I have avoided parties, weddings, even funerals apart from paying my respects at the church service, throw football games into that mix and there you have my ideal recipe for my relapse back into addiction.

Reported 2 years ago by Anon 2

Birmingham

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Ending Poverty is the Only “Levelling Up” Britain Needs Right Now


People who are working 12 - 16 hour days on three gig economy jobs still don't have enough money to get by. 17% of Britain's working population is in poverty

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Microreports

Reports

What I gain from this project


People with experience of homelessness are almost always inaccurately depicted throughout all media platforms. Stereotypes of homelessness are perpetuated in the media more than anything. News outlets, for one, too often take the humanity out of the information they provide.   

Reported 2 years ago by Anon 1

London

Blogs

Reports

‘what this project means to me’


Trust, power balance, building relationships, valuing capability, reflection, consistency, co-production and realising potential, have underpinned a project that has been transformative for reporters and has huge potential to kickstart change. Sheryle, a London based reporter says “This project has helped me with my confidence and with that process of getting back my sense of self-worth. This project gives you a voice, educates the public, drives policy changes and it makes me feel more that I’m a part of society.”

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Reports

Finding Hope


I was very co-dependent in relationships in the past due to my fear of being on my own. I thought being in a relationship would make me feel safe and loved. Boy was I wrong! I kept making the same mistakes over and over again and never learning from them due to my fear of abandonment.

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Blogs

Reports

Volunteering, the Continuous Gift


Reported 2 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

Reports

Health and Homelessness


It’s all about that four letter word…. H...E...L....P... HELP!

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

Reports

What this project has done for me, you know…


And, you know, words like therapeutic, stigma, professionalism, connection, identity, impact on policy and perceptions, skills, self-esteem came up. It's been amazing for me to talk to these reporters over the last few days. I know from personal experience just how much you can get from these projects.

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Microreports

Reports

Telling stories in an expressive way


This work here of telling stories and communicating in an expressive way is really huge because the system takes away your ability to be yourself. This project helps you find yourself and to recover from homelessness.

Reported 2 years ago by GG

Croydon

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Connection vs Loneliness


There was a time I was alone. I didn’t speak to anyone for months. Literally. Fast forward a few years and I was speaking to someone daily – be it in person, on the phone or via text/email. I was only lonely in one of those situations. The second one.

Reported 2 years ago by Tess

Stoke-on-Trent

Microreports

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This project


When we have been homeless we have this churning inside to help other people as soon as we are in recovery. We deal with that feeling by helping others with stuff.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Microreports

Reports

What this project has done for me


This project has helped me with my confidence and in that process has helped me to regain my sense of self worth.

Reported 2 years ago by Sheryle

London

Audio Stories

Reports

This is me


Too many people who have been homeless in all its various forms have gone through various traumas and afterwards someone and some bureaucratic organisation told them to shut up and go away.  Here I speak and write, you read and listen. To me, I am here, I came back, I'm speaking my words, and I exist.

Reported 2 years ago by GG

London

Reports

Are You Receiving Me? 


You’re sitting on a sleeping bag outside CostCutter - as was a young man I spoke to recently - in the cold, in the dark, it’s midwinter. Sick, scared and alone. What do you need? At the very least a phone. But is it enough? Are the services you require accessible, do they exist in a meaningful way?  

Reported 2 years ago by Anne

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Exclusion


I've been forced to think quite intently about all the things that I love that I'm being excluded from at present. And these are exclusions that possibly people don't really think about.

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

Reports

How stylish are we?


So dear listener as you hear me, think about all the ways that you are fabulous, sexy, cool and that you express yourself, whether it's red lipstick or a scarf or enjoying art or appreciating good food.

Reported 2 years ago by GG

London

Microreports

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No Regrets


That experience has changed my mindset and the way I think about life. I am just happy now to have a roof over my head, bills paid and food on my table. That is all I really need. I’m not envious of others who have a big massive job. I’m happy with what I have got and who I am.  

Reported 2 years ago by Laura

Manchester

Audio Stories

Reports

The ear between time, creativity and bureaucracy.


Can't do both. I can't do both. So I have to decide, Well, am I going to get kicked out at February, which is the current plan, if I do nothing and the likelihood through bitter experience is that's exactly what will happen or do I focus all my attention on making something that makes me a human being?

Reported 2 years ago by Paul

London

Reports

Gordon is an Oxymoron


So my question is this, why do I resist something that I know is beneficial to my state of mental health? And when I say resist, I do so with such stubbornness that it causes me a sense of psychological pain that then metamorphosises into actual physical pain. 

Reported 2 years ago by Steve

Manchester

Blogs

Reports

Craving Connection


It’s so difficult to find services, to apply for stuff and get advice without a link to the net.  Although many people moan about the negative impact of the net on social life, research is showing that social exclusion is exacerbated by digital exclusion, especially for people experiencing homelessness.  

Reported 2 years ago by Mat

London

Audio Stories

Reports

Spreading Yourself Thin


I think this needs to be highlighted, and people need to understand that when you have a person or people who want to give so much of themselves to help others they can spread themselves so thin they become ineffective.

Reported 2 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Disease and Addiction


A difficult time in hospital – TICK An absolute fear of death – TICK Separation from people – TICK Not knowing if I will wake up – TICK A significant change in outlook – TICK Total behavioral change – TICK A head full of trauma – TICK

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

London

Audio Stories

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Environmental


And I'm sitting in the Airbnb accommodation that Westminster Council are currently providing me with and threatened me constantly with eviction. And I can't help but think how bad this environment is compared to where I was when I was sleeping at Terminal Five in Heathrow Airport.

Reported 3 years ago by

London

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How do we make a difference?


My question is: how can we make a difference to how society thinks and treats this massive problem, where do we start?

Reported 3 years ago by Karen

Manchester

Audio Stories

Reports

‘Digital Poverty’


The DWP invest 3 million pounds a year just to check what people are tweeting about to see if it correlates with what they say their conditions are. This is an abhorrent state of affairs, but one that people need to be aware of

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

Reports

‘Faurma’ aka ‘Form Trauma’


I've recently been doing my PIP assessment, which was a horrendous amount of forms and I was successful. So that's really good news. And that's because I had support from Groundswell. Previously, I tried to do it and I...the whole experience was very traumatic, and I didn't even complete the application because the assessment was so horrible

Reported 3 years ago by GG

London

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A Homeless Human Man


And of course, she was right, there is no such thing as a homeless person, there are just people who happen not to have a home.

Reported 3 years ago by Mat

London

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Trauma


Trauma is a strange bed fellow, scars deep, but still just a scar, hopefully fades with time and help, but take care not to reopen old wounds.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Respect


Respect Some how, some people think, just because you've been homeless, you are not due the respect or common decency shown to everybody else.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

Passport to what? by Charlie


Vaccine passport - Do we need them?  We carry a mobile phone with us everywhere.  That gives them all the information they need to know about us, probably even our inside leg measurement. Maybe that's  the problem with homeless people, they don't carry smartphones, can't be traced, off the grid. 

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Audio Stories

Not ‘me, me me’ but ‘us, us, us’ by Paul Atheron FRSA


The attitudes in Britain are 'me, me, me'. And what we need, what we need desperately is 'us, us, us'. We have to unite as a community, as a society again, if anyone is being genuine now about change.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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The Vagrancy Act of 1866 – by Sheryle


My punishment was having to spend a night in the cells, then go to the magistrates court to appear in front of a judge, which for a seventeen young girl was scary. I felt like I shouldn't be there - bad people go to court for murder and rape offences - I was there for being homeless. It didn't make sense

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

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‘Come round to my pad, I mean pod’ by Anne


Is something so small likely to be offered (or even desirable) permanently? I have very strong views against temporary housing. I see what it does to families here on Cressingham Gardens where fifty properties out of 300 are let on temporary contracts. I know the difficulty people have making plans.

Reported 3 years ago by Anne

London

Audio Stories

‘We are not all born equal.’ – Paul Atherton FRSA on the Conservative party conference


That wasn't the worst bit. The worst bit was Sajid Javid saying, don't expect the state to do anything for you. Get on with it yourselves and expect your family and friends to pick up the bill. These people have no understanding of their role.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

‘The importance of creativity’ by Paul Atherton FRSA.


Tuesday, 3rd of August 2021, I have been asked to consider why creativity is so important to those experiencing homelessness. I should begin by saying this is a universal concept, people who experience homelessness are, by their very nature, in their ability to survive, creative.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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‘Focusing on what works’ by Charlie


Look at these places where it is working and then bring it in to your areas, make it national. I wholly believe that some company, agency, government, whoever should actually go around and see all these projects are working all around the country and make a feasibility project of making it national

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Blogs

‘The Consequences of Being Labelled a Dry Drunk’ by Sheryle.


"When I meet new people after successfully getting my daughter out of the care system I mention nothing about my past as I don't want to be a negative label and if I do have a label stamped on me, I'm hoping it says MOTHER"

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

Audio Stories

‘Daily Picks Ups and the Raincoat of Fear’ Steve.


...if you don't get to that chemist on time, this is the downside to daily pick ups, you've had it.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

Audio Stories

‘My Front Room’ Mat Amp.


And, you know, also this project, which is community journalism, has given me a purpose and something to do. And I'm a great believer in projects like this. And, you know, my life's just moved forward progressively year on year.

Reported 3 years ago by Mat

London

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‘Why I volunteer’ Miles.


I love listening to people, their personality, their perspectives on things, their ideas on how things can be improved, developed and working with them to try and introduce those changes so vitally needed.

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

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‘Emerging Writer’ Paul Atherton FRSA.


And at the same time, I discover all of my benefits, these are my disability benefits have once again been stopped. My employment support allowance was stopped last October. Various people have been involved in that, trying to get that sorted out,

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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‘The Positivity of Fellowship’ by Karen Minnis


But I just like to say it's really nice to have the opportunity to talk about something positive, something that works under any circumstances. And I think Covid, you know, proves that, you know, keeping sober and mentally and spiritually well during this pandemic is nothing more than a miracle, really.

Reported 3 years ago by Karen

Stockport

Audio Stories

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‘The Unresolved Anxiety of Phone Consultations’ by Steve


And then when you've been to the doctor and you come out and when I'm coming home and I walk through that door, I've achieved something

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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‘The Anxieties over Vaccine Passports’ by Anon.


However, when it comes to a vaccine passport it is rather discriminatory against those who do not have it and in a way also to those who do.

Reported 3 years ago by

London

Audio Stories

‘The Frustration of Making a Doctors Appointment’ by Karen Minnis.


So that was that, but the stress, you know, two days of stress just to get an appointment is absolutely... It's just unacceptable. It's giving people unnecessary stress, unnecessary negativity.

Reported 3 years ago by Karen

Stockport

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Microreports

‘Isolation’ by Laura


My personal view on isolation is that it can be experienced in many different forms. That is one thing, but many people don't empathise with those who are forced into isolation by bullying from a family member, school 'buddies' or work mates. This is the type of insecure isolation where depression and mind set changes, often for the worse.

Reported 3 years ago by Laura

Manchester

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‘Born with the ‘wrong’ body’ by Laura


Waking up to the wrong things in place of the parts I am wanting to be there, even after a great night’s sleep, where you don’t have to see or know that you are the wrong gender. Waking up in the morning seeing and knowing that is the most painful thing to have to go through, then looking in the mirror seeing that the you that is there is not the you that you should be.

Reported 3 years ago by Laura

Manchester

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‘Just Maybe’ by Charlie


Well here we are. The end of the pandemic is in sight (hopefully). So back to the epidemic of our own making, so it can progress at a faster pace. LONELINESS.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Audio Stories

‘Experts by Experience in the Creative Realm’ by Paul Atherton FRSA


A couple of weeks ago, Museum of Homelessness brought me to my attention that somebody had posted 'has anyone had lived experience of renting in Peckham'. You don't need to put the words lived experience people...all you need to do is write 'Have you ever rented in Peckham?' And this is the world we've got now.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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‘What community reporting is all about’ by Sheryle.


We all have challenges we go through in life and my own personal theory is we are always learning no matter how old we are ! I have got so much out of this project so far and really hope to blossom and learn as much as I can whilst involved . I am excited to finally have a VOICE. - one that I've never before thought I would have the opportunity to share.

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

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‘Women are not hidden homeless, they are just not seen’ by Sheryle


Many services are run generically and cater to men and do not have the specific resources to help women who have experienced certain kinds of trauma. Women who are hiding from perpetrators often fear using these services for fear of being targeted for sexual abuse and prostitution.

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

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The experience of homelessness for women by Sheryle


Women are often stuck in limbo like I was. It is frustrating. Women lose their homes and their possessions when going to prison and are consequently released homeless, with housing benefit stopped if their sentence is in excess of 12 weeks). As a result their 'local connection' can be lost

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

Video Stories

The footsteps of the past by Anon.


I’m trying to recreate what it was like when I was at the night shelter. I’m going to now be living very close [to here] in a relatively nice home. However I used to be homeless. I used to  be homeless and sleep at night in night shelters, every night a different church, a different place

Reported 3 years ago by Anon 1

London

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When swabs for drug testing go wrong by Sheryle.


I wanted to share this personal experience of mine to explain what happens and how a positive drug result can impact your life massively -  the consequences it brings and then having to prove your positive result was wrong .

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

Audio Stories

Riddled with happiness by Steve…


I have avoided responsibility since the dawn of time. That is why I was so comfortable being homeless, going begging, being a fully fledged time served OBE drug addict.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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Miles shares his recovery sanctuary.


Gratitude is a small word with huge impact for me. I could never imagine how much I appreciate being here. So, excitedly I'll pop my head on the pillow tonight and be grateful for what today brought and sleep well for another day.

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

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Steve faces the anxiety of his six month review.


I'm just fascinated by the dark energy that I so often succumb to thinking about. Yeah, I wonder what that fucking is. I wonder if I start to create positive scenarios, change the linguistic programming into a positive vocabulary, that'd be a good starting point.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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‘Your Normal’s Not Normal’ by Paul Atherton FRSA


The thing that scares me, the worst of it all Is you believe money is real, not a concept to fall. That your success, whatever that means, Was achieved by hard work & not luck, mate, you live in a dream. Your a bit of a F...

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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Claire finds a friend close to home…


 So this whole Covid thing's been a lonely time for everyone, and for some reason, instead of keeping up the contact with my friends more than I did when I was busy, I've kind of let it slide. And I discovered a brand new friend in Alexa.

Reported 3 years ago by Claire

Newcastle upon Tyne

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‘The door is open…why can’t I walk through it’ by Charlie.


After more than a year in forced incarceration or lockdown, the shackles are off - or are they?

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

Audio Stories

Hopes and Fears by Miles


Today, I’m sat with over two years recovery, volunteering as I can, rebuilding relationships destroyed by my illness, appreciation of precious possessions, mostly pictures, not many, but so important to my state of mind.

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

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Why Report? by Charlie.


I've been asked why I do this. It gives me an outlet and the hope that my voice can be heard . I go round and see so many things that are wrong. Before, all I could do was vent my anger to the wind. Now this gives me a platform, where hopefully something I say, can make a difference.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Sheryl talks about her work with ‘Tricky Period’


I started volunteering with Tricky Period around one year ago after experiencing street homelessness as a female and I wanted to help others who have found themselves in a similar situation.

Reported 3 years ago by Sheryle

London

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A new home in an old space by Anon.


When you finally succeed in a bid for council accommodation it’s a happy moment, but you never know what you’ve actually got, and what problems will arise. However, sometimes you may be pleasantly surprised.

Reported 3 years ago by Anon 1

London

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Environment by Paul Atherton FRSA


And one of the most important steps of the day is getting to the bathroom, brushing your teeth, and then the next step is a shower. If the shower is a problem, it will knock you off your perch. They're little things, they're inconsequential things or can be to other people, but to chronic fatigue sufferers they are sometimes insurmountable.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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Disease and Addiction by Miles.


Do I fear catching Covid 19? Naturally I do, as well as what it might bring. Do I fear my addiction is waiting to pounce and convince me to willingly partake of its pleasures once again.

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

Blogs

A picture is worth a thousand words.


Reported 3 years ago by

London

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‘A Big Move’ by Paul Atherton FRSA


And this is the problem all the time, people do not see things holistically, it's just, oh, we'll get him into some accommodation somewhere. It doesn't matter where, he'll be grateful. I'm not grateful. I'm not grateful for having something that I should have had 12 years ago.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

Blogs

Paul talks about his creative contribution to society.


Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

Blogs

Mat Amp talks about the impact of this project


Last week, we got Olivia Butterworth to come in and talk to reporters and tell them exactly what happens to their reports, you know, how they land on her desk, how she disseminates that information and how it gets fed back into the way everyone works. One of the quotes she made was 'you are being heard and you are being heard in an authentic way.'

Reported 3 years ago by Anne

London

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Steve wrestles with responsibility


Now, I should step up to the mark, it might sound silly, but to take the gamble of coming off benefits to remove that safety net and then stare into the abyss with no safety net. It'd daunting beyond belief for me anyway. It really is.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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Relapses are part of recovery by Charlie.


There are going to be lapses and you've got to take that into account, where they're going to get knocked back. But the one thing I guarantee you, if you carry on working with them and please carry on working with them, if you carry on working with them those lapses will grow in distance, they will grow from say a couple of weeks into months.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Just cuz yer in a clean house, don’t mean you should be spotless by Charlie…


...that's what I'm saying. The lapses should be part and parcel of a clean house, You're supposed to expect it. So, that's why I say it is important to have trained staff, specifically trained staff in the houses so they can go through the detox again.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Fellowship meetings f2f v remote by Miles


In my fellowship, we’re arranging for dual connection around meetings – f2f together with a zoom live link. Will that work, attract people who shielded previously, bring in new family members or will my newer family members find it scary to do f2f as they’ve grown up exclusively online?

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

Audio Stories

Storage Blues by Paul Atherton FRSA


Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

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Get Serious by Paul Atherton FRSA


Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Blogs

The Cyrus Virus by Miles


Reported 3 years ago by

York

Blogs

Charlie talks isolation [part one]


Reported 3 years ago by

Winchester

Audio Stories

What are isolation and loneliness? asks Steve…


Reported 3 years ago by

Salford

Blogs

Charlie on the importance of Wifi


Reported 3 years ago by

Winchester

Blogs

The importance of cats in my life : Anon


Reported 3 years ago by

London

Audio Stories

Charlie talks about the bridge provided by peer mentoring…


Reported 3 years ago by

Winchester

Audio Stories

Miles on the hope that this spring brings…


Reported 3 years ago by

York

Blogs

Claire writes about why she took the vaccine.


Reported 3 years ago by

Newcastle upon Tyne

Audio Stories

Paul Atherton FRSA – ‘Getting to see the doc…or not’


Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

Audio Stories

The Twisted Reward System by Steve


Steve talks about the difficulty with making change stick and the pull of addiction. His experience is the reason he has his job but it is also the thing that could trip him up. This is the struggle that all addicts face every second of every day 'it's exhausting'.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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What, I wonder, happened to Everyone In? by Anne Enith Cooper.


The launch of Everyone In was ambitious and compassionate. The old saying goes, “If it’s working don’t fix it.” I say, if it’s working don’t scrap it and why at this time when COVID-19 cases and deaths far exceed those at the peek of the March to May 2020 lockdown has it not been reinstated? I’d say, bring it back better.

Reported 3 years ago by Anne

London

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‘With dual diagnosis, they seem to have it arse about face.’ By Charlie Radbourne.


NHS/mental health services, say you have to sort out the addiction problem, before they can sort out the mental health problem. Strange, but I thought, by its own definition, addiction, is a mental health problem. Most addiction root causes, are from a mental health problem. So you can't fix the addiction first, without fixing the mental health problem.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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Do people trust the vaccine? My opinion by Anon


Reported 3 years ago by

London

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The assessment cycle and triggers by Paul Atherton FRSA


Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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“It just shows that people don’t actually need to be out on the streets” Claire on #EveryoneIn


It's a brilliant idea. It just shows, I don't know, it just shows that people don't actually need to be out on the streets, or certainly not so many anyway. And it's just, if anything, it's quite pitiful that it's took this pandemic right now, all these people are so poorly, to them to take this into consideration

Reported 3 years ago by Claire

Newcastle upon Tyne

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“I was so confused, getting down, depressed, worried. ” Lee on waiting for his heart operation.


This has just been going on and on and I wasn't hearing anything.  One consultant after another, from different hospitals, no information was being shared between them. So again I was so confused, getting down, depressed, worried. 

Reported 3 years ago by Lee

Wednesbury

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“My life looks different from those dark days.” Miles reflects on his recovery during lockdown.


I can only share MY experience with you but I've found friendship, honesty, trust and respect from my fellow addicts who have always been there when I've been really low, resentful, angry with people.

Reported 3 years ago by Miles

York

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“I ended up removing both the teeth myself.” by Lee


The NHS do an amazing job, and I thank them for all the care that I received whilst under their care. The main thing I found really hard, whilst I was in hospital, was the loneliness not being able to have any family or friend's visit.

Reported 3 years ago by Lee

Wednesbury

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Mat talks to Steve about ‘daily pick-ups’ of opiate substitution medication


Mat Amp, Project coordinator, asks Steve Walker about the policy of ‘daily pick ups’ - the policy that means many opiate addicts have to pick up their opiate substitution medication of methadone or Subutex [aka Suboxone] every day. Some of these people are made to take that medication in front of the pharmacist everyday to ensure that they take it.

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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Where would my life be without Frasier? by Paul Atherton FRSA


I've always hated Sundays as a child, because everything just stops and I'm not good with stopping because I've usually got two hundred things I need to get done that day.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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“They are placing profits before people, this is wrong.” – Laura on the costs of the pandemic.


Now as for the businesses in Manchester that are closing after many years, people are at risk of losing their homes and numbers will raise over time. I am worried that the system will be overrun when it’s already hard to get support for those people who are in need.

Reported 3 years ago by

Manchester

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“I just completely stopped watching the news because I couldn’t really bear it anymore.” By Claire


I just stopped a while ago in the first lockdown because I was getting so depressed with all the death. You know, with the Covid and that. And I just completely stopped watching the news because I couldn’t really bear it anymore and it was getting really, really going deep and my head was mashed.

Reported 3 years ago by Claire

Newcastle upon Tyne

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“They don’t trust that they’re actually going to get it.” – Charlie on the vaccine


But the one thing you know about someone who is a rough sleeper, or suffers from mental health, they will suffer from physical health because of the impact of that. And so they should be a higher priority, And I can’t find no give or anything, that they’re going to be stepped up on that.

Reported 3 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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“Everybody In, that should now be renamed to ‘the government don’t care'” By Lee


Why? Again I ask WHY, has the government chosen NOT to again bring back the Everybody In campaign. Why? Everybody In, that should now be renamed to 'the government don't care'.

Reported 3 years ago by

Wednesbury

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“I don’t really know what to believe about the vaccine” by Tina


To be honest I don't really know what to believe about the vaccine, because I get videos on Whatsapp talking about how the vaccine is bad, but at the same time people are dying and it looks like it's the only solution at the moment.

Reported 3 years ago by

Manchester

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‘Everybody in’ Just my opinion by Anon


I was shocked by this situation where people are left on the streets while at the same time told 'Stay at home, save lives. The hypocrisy!

Reported 3 years ago by

London

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Microreports

Everybody In…Smokers out by Steve


Steve talks briefly about the positives and negatives of the government's 'Everybody In' scheme. What happens now?

Reported 3 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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It’s who you know…by Paul Atherton FRSA


As you know a couple of weeks ago I was supposed to be thrown back on to the streets from the emergency accommodation I had here in Marylebone. That didn’t happen, I’m now here until at least the 1st of March. But that didn’t happen because the council were doing the right thing. That didn’t have because the council were doing the lawful thing. That happened because I have friends and colleagues I can communicate with and ask to assist.

Reported 3 years ago by Paul

London

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Covid and mental health: between a rock and a hard place by Anne Enith Cooper


I’ve internalised an attitude that society only values me if I’m economically active; after all the wealth of a nation is measured in GDP. What does that say to people, not just with mental health problems, but those limited by chronic illness, disability, the terminally ill and retired, those living hand to mouth on the streets?

Reported 4 years ago by Anne

London

Audio Stories

“It’s lockdown 2…”


Reported 4 years ago by Paul

London

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“Wet paint, don’t touch”


And I’m one of them personalities or character traits that ‘Wet paint, don’t touch’…  well sooner or later I’m going to touch it. I’m not sure on the psychology behind all that, but, you know, that’s just the way it is.

Reported 4 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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‘Tis the season to be jolly?


This isn’t much of a relief, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t realise how different self-isolation would be in the winter for some people. How hard and extremely lonely it would feel.

Reported 4 years ago by Claire

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Laura features in The Kind Place podcast


Reported 4 years ago by Laura

Salford

Audio Stories

“So when I was 17 I started to construct a cage. And in this cage, over time, I looked after this monkey.”


So the monkey sat there, scheming. How can I get bananas. I know what I’ll do, I’ll wait – like I did ten years ago or whenever it was – I’ll wait 42 days then he’ll give me a banana.

Reported 4 years ago by Steve

Manchester

Blogs

Just fix the problem


Reported 4 years ago by Paul

London

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“I didn’t want to be street homeless again at 49” By Steve


Reported 4 years ago by Steve

Manchester

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“The loss of revenue means, do I eat or do I score” by Charlie


It is a change of an era. After walking through the streets, since the lockdown started. The main change is people don't carry any change now. They don't carry money. Homeless community have always relied on people carrying money.

Reported 4 years ago by Charlie

Winchester

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