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London Stories for 2016

‘I just knew that he could not break me’

Chris Casey, The Haven's founder
Chris Casey, The Haven's founder

The Haven has been supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse in Waltham Forrest for over 30 years. A growing number of the people it helps are men. Neil Baker visits its founder, Chris Casey.  “We’ve never had a waiting list this long before,” says Chri...

by Neil Baker

'Children of my age died in front of me'

Refugee Support Network helps young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking to get an education and find hope. Neil Baker hears the inspiring story of one girl from North Korea A Monday evening rush-hour in Victoria train station. Costa Coffee is packed. In a corner, tw...

by Neil Baker

'If we are creative, we can solve problems'

Katy Dawe, Founder
Katy Dawe, Founder

Art Against Knives is using the power of nail polish and glitter to connect with at-risk girls in Barnet. Neil Baker drops in for a manicure. “I don’t paint nails,” says Rickardo, firmly. At six foot plus, with the physique of a boxer, you wouldn’t argue with ...

by Neil Baker

‘Volunteering at The London Community Foundation was such a great experience for me’

  On occasion, The London Community Foundation is able to take on volunteers whose contribution to our work is extremely appreciated. We had the opportunity to interview one of our previous volunteers, Maxine, on her experience with us. Coming to volunteer with us from Cape Tow...

by Admin

'You see how happy the young people are. The things they have achieved'

Rachel, Youth Organisation Manager
Rachel, Youth Organisation Manager

Support for young people with disabilities is under acute pressure across London. Neil Baker visits one small charity that has been quietly changing lives in Westminster for over 60 years There’s a worn out pool table. The bar sells Ribena, Mars bars and crisps. A girl in black...

by Neil Baker

'You do it because you think you love the guy'

Abi Billinghurst, Founder & Director
Abi Billinghurst, Founder & Director

Street gangs exploit and abuse a growing number of girls across London. Neil Baker meets a group of young women who are using their experiences to turn the tide Joanna is a fizzing cocktail of ideas and attitude. She keeps apologizing for dominating the conversation. In her green par...

by Neil Baker

'If you're feeling lost and alone, you need somebody to stand next to you'

Declan Flynn, Bench Outreach
Declan Flynn, Bench Outreach

A radical, yet simple, approach is helping Deptford’s entrenched rough sleepers off the housing merry-go-round and into a permanent home, writes Neil Baker Declan Flynn works for a charity that helps homeless people in and around Deptford, South London. He’s been doing it...

by Neil Baker

'I can't go back to square one again'

Vicky, project manager
Vicky, project manager

There are thousands of homeless families across London stuck in unsuitable hostel accommodation. Neil Baker visits a charity that supports them, and hears how one mother is fighting for a better life – for herself and her young son Tanya is waiting for the phone call that she h...

by Neil Baker

How one London charity is tackling loneliness and isolation

Mick, Project Manager from Furzedown
Mick, Project Manager from Furzedown

“We just enjoy being with each other” Loneliness and isolation are a blight on the lives of so many older people. The Furzedown Project is helping them to help themselves, and each other. “You couldn’t find a better place than this,” says Betty. Her...

by Neil Baker