Every Sunday, you’ll find me under the flyover, in the heart of Coventry Town Centre, feeding the broken, vulnerable, drug-addicted, alcohol-dependent, and homeless individuals in our city. Having done this for over 11 years, it still doesn’t get any easier.

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I was an addict in Manchester for 15 years. I was there when the clubbing madness that played a part in what later became the rave scene started. So I’ve been in the madness. But it’s not just people like me who find themselves in the madness, is it? I think that we all find ourselves in the madness at some points on our journey. Did you know that you can find strength for your struggle there?

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During the past few weeks, the news has reported that many teenagers have been stabbed to death. These knife attacks sadden me, as many teenagers have been lost—killed by other teenagers! This means that many young lives are being adversely affected, whether through death, imprisonment or fear.

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Loneliness is now an epidemic in our nation. We’ve never been more connected in this world of social media, but the truth is, most of us feel more disconnected and more isolated than ever. We live in a world where it’s easy not to really see one another. When we know people, we so often only see what others choose to show us, and even then, we’re still none the wiser about what is really going on inside.

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