All I want is a room somewhere

Writings on the theme of homes and homelessness

Cherry

Biography - Dave's Booking-In Notes 2002

Dave booked him in. And when I came on shift that night At St Francis House At hand-over I learned He'd booked in Pat. Prisoner for 14 years Then...
Cherry

Anne and Martin

'Anne, where are you off to tonight?' 'I'll not be long, Marie.' ' She's out a lot these days.' She's always busy, always happy.' ​ ​Marie returned...
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2002-05 My memories of working at a hostel for homeless men

It wasn't my first time working with people who had become homeless. It was 22 years after. I was now 43, working in Exeter not Belfast. The system...
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Cherry

Outcomes of my Dad's recent Funeral in London

I am so glad that I live In Devon. Every other member of my family and pretty much everyone who is close to them lives in London. Mainly North London...
Cherry

Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter

A devastating hotel fire, friendship, plans, people,numbers, then, now, my place in the story - it all connects
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Cherry

Drugs - Where's the harm? - 2

After 12 years out of hospital and leading an independent life in the community I went down with post-covid psychosis and had 4 weeks back in. I have...
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Rare Ben Johnson - my poem of London Pride

They said he was crossed how they said he was crossed And rare Ben Johnson gave not a stuff He sang of the spirit of London's Great Fair Neat...
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Joining up my rainbow memory dots - 1978 I help the homeless in Belfast

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Fist I shall ask myself this - why do I bother sharing these memories of mine? What does where I was in 1978mhave to do with where I am now? I am...
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Belfast Simon Community the house shopping one Ideal Stores morning

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Part 1 We can catch up with the people in our own sweet time. adrain the upright English man, Kate and Steve Leary the cowboys from america, Maiye...
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Here we are in the room - Memories of Belfast Simon Community - 3

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After young Adam had shauchled halfways up the stairs to pass on his message about my arrival to the staff, and sloped off to who knows where in the...
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belfast simon community - daybreak work 5

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dawn breaks and i have a rude awakening. there is hardly any space to store my belongings. i brought a suitcase, a bib bag with my toiletries and...
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