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Homeless denied shelter by authorities

static.guim.co.ikBy Mei-Ling McNamara

Scores of homeless people will be denied shelter this winter in Lewisham, because the local authority has no facilities for them. Continues…


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Rory Peck Awards honour bravery of freelance reporters


By Mei-Ling McNamara

tim-hethering1Senior figures from television news last week observed two minutes of silence to commemorate more than 100 freelance journalists killed in the line of duty.


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Veganism on the rise

By Mei-Ling McNamara

dsc_03831It’s official: veganism is the new vegetarianism.  A growing trend that shuns eating animal-sourced products is gaining momentum this month in a national awareness campaign. Continues…

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Charity expands “critical” police-youth scheme

By Mei-Ling McNamara 

A groundbreaking scheme to improve relations between police and young people in Lewisham is being adopted as a model for other boroughs.

The Critical Encounters programme, launched by the Second Wave Centre for Youth Arts in Deptford, was lauded for bridging the divide between youth and Lewisham police officers since it began three years ago.

stopsearchNow the weekly workshop has expanded its model further south. Last Thursday seven riot officers from Croydon paired with seven young people at Second Wave for the first time.

Continued: Why this is a good idea

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