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LGBT History Month

By Jenny Crocker, Care and Support Service Manager February is LGBT History Month – this year’s theme is peace, reconciliation and activism to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York.  There have been so many people over the decades who have made an impact on the LGBT community and LGBT rights,

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Sisters first Christmas together in nearly 70 years

Riverside...Sisters living together at Riverside's Ivy Court St. Helens. From left. Jean Cook, age88 Irene O'Donnell age86 and Annie Walker age 83.

This festive season is a magical time for three sisters in St Helens who will be spending their first Christmas under one roof after nearly 70 years!   It’s been a while since sisters Jean Cook, Irene O’Donnell and Annie Walker have lived together – 67 years in fact when Jean moved out of the

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70

By Jenny Crocker, Care and Support Service Manager On 10 December in 1948, the United Nations’ General Assembly set out the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a common standard to affirm the basic rights and freedoms of all human beings. It sets out human rights to be universally protected. In 2009 it received a certificate from

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World AIDS Day – why it’s important to know your status

By John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support On 1 December we marked the 30th annual World AIDS Day. The theme this year is ‘know your status’, encouraging people to be aware of their HIV infection status and to access HIV prevention, treatment and care services.  Only 75% of people living with HIV are

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Emma rebuilt her life and now helps others do the same

Emma Magee, from Doncaster, was once stuck in an abusive relationship. But after getting the support she needed, Emma was able to move on and rebuild her life. Now working as an Outreach Support Worker, she tells us how her own personal experience led her to the job she loves. “If you’d have told me

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Real Change Wigan and Leigh launches on World Homeless Day

In my national role I travel a great deal and have spent more time in train stations then I would care to mention! But one thing I have noticed during my travels is that rough sleeping and the number of people who are begging near or around these train stations has increased.  According to the

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