Arson attacks wrecks Changing Lives’ minibus
The charity Changing Lives’ minibus has been burnt beyond repair in an especially cruel act of vandalism.
Project workers discovered their valuable minibus had been irreparably destroyed by a fire on Monday.
The Changing Lives’ minibus was an incredibly important asset for the Girls Are Proud / Male Action Project.
The GAP/ MAP, based in the West End of Newcastle at St Margaret’s Church, offers support to those involved in sex work or at risk of being sexually exploited over the age of 17.
Luisa Alvarez, who works for the GAP project, discussed the crucial work the Changing Lives’ minibus helped with on a daily basis: “The mini bus is used for extensive purposes including facilitating outreach sessions where the team reach out to the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“This also includes providing people with essential items and offering support to ensure they are safe. The bus is also used for day trips to the beach, retreat centres, country walks which create positive experiences and memories to people who are experiencing hardship.
“The bus played a key role in ensuring the people we support are included in various activities, more recently our annual Christmas gathering.
“We have previously supported people who are fleeing abuse to relocate to a place of safety which has included moving their belongings.”
The organisation are “devastated” by the unprovoked attack, which police have described as an aggravated arson attack.
The charity purchased the Changing Lives’ minibus 13 years ago, with a donation from Brunswick Church.
Due to the attack, the team won’t be able to conduct outreach, produce transport or daily activities, having a “huge impact” on the charity’s work.
Luisa Alvarez added: “The bus has been our lifeline for the day to day running of our service. We are passionate about the support we offer, giving people the chance to live a life worth living, free from harm, and the bus enabled us to reach out to some of the cities darkest corners.”
More information about the essential work Changing Lives carries out can be found here.
Karen’s Diner on Tour is BACK IN NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE!!
Karen’s Diner on Tour coming to town on tour and ‘well if y’all show up in force we’ll either come as a longer term pop up or simply just stay put for a while until we’ve insulted everyone in the North East!’
Get your tickets here: Karens Diner Newcastle tickets
We have spoken to the top Karen who assures everyone who went last time that Bottomless means BOTTOMLESS!
At our pop-up Karen’s you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. A place where you can complain until the cows come home because we literally don’t care. You can expect good food, good fun and a dining experience like you’ve never had before. Let us know if it’s your birthday, if your name is Karen and for the love of Karen don’t ask to speak to the manager….
Your ticket includes a delicious BOTTOMLESS pizza and BOTTOMLESS prossecco or select spirits and mixers as well as select soft drinks drinks for a full 90mins
*We cater for all allergens
You will get full and authentic Karen experience – our games, our waitstaff and the full works. Decent food provided by the venue (we hope) and BOTTOMLESS booze for those who love a drink. This is a dining experience like no other – literally. Come enjoy the OG Karen’s from OG Karen’s.
Don’t accept imitations – book now to avoid missing out!
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Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV
It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.
It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.
From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.
ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.
ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.
Jason Miller’s Story with Stage 4 Cancer – How positivity is key in every cancer journey
Jason Miller’s story on staying positive
Although thinking and acting positively might help you cope with cancer, it’s normal and sometimes unavoidable to feel angry and scared.
Positive thinking is frequently urged on those battling with cancer. But, it is not always simple. It might be terrifying to deal with cancer and its treatment. All effected can experience low moods and worry about the future especially how your loved ones will cope.
Being upset and scared can be a sign of courage and can show that you are ready to face an uncertain future. Nonetheless, there are occasions when it can be beneficial to make an effort to replace negative thoughts with more uplifting ones.
We sat down with Jason Miller who takes us through his journey after discovering he had an aggressive stage 4 tumor. We learn how not only the diagnosis was a sign for him to put affairs in order for his family but also how he ended up surviving through his positive outlook!
Are you or anyone else effected by the content raised in this video?
The Macmillan Support Line offers confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones.
Call free on 0808 239 06 25
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