Chris and the Chikdren

Chris is composed after his experiences; a twelve week course teaching eight to eleven year olds about homelessness The series of talks were based on his insight into the time when he was a homeless person. He lived in Hostel accommodation and underwent a recovery programme for alcohol misuse

The after school club Plastic Pigs were host to his talks ..

What kind of question did they ask?

‘The first question shocked me’ he said, it was, ‘Did I enjoy being homeless?’

‘It took me by surprise,  my first reaction was anger and for a moment it communicated, ‘There’s nothing good about being homeless’. I said.

‘Each session with the children lasted about two hours. There was a warm-up game to  get their brains working, then we might go out for a walk .  There was a video project made.

made by The Plastic Pigs Team. It helped raise awareness of the ongoing problem of homelessness.

‘I really didn’t see how the project would work, but the children s work really took me aback really took  me aback.’

On the final day of the project, the children went on a walk from Hove Library to First Base where the Mayor and Chief Executive Brighton Housing Trust Andy Winter met the children and parents and  Chris for a celebration party.



About chris and gordon's private rented sector blog

we are two people living in Brighton who have both been through the 'hostel' system. I (Chris) have been street homeless, I am currently a recovering alcoholic living in a privately rented flat. I (Gordon) have a degree of media studies from University of Westminster. I've had many psychological problems, but am now nearly recovered. I live on my own in a privately rented flat. Disclaimer Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission. Contentious statements will be kept to a minimum and hope that libellous statements aren't made. The blog is published with good intent and it is hoped to publish material which will be constructive and of benefit to others who may use the service.
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