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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, February 01, 2008
    Being sixteen and homeless in Liverpool
    A good event to mark Poverty Action Week in Liverpool today, which featured this talk of mine (based on the previously-blogged-about poem by the children of Croxteth Primary), and also my reading of Martin Wroe's The Hands of God, but most memorable - as these things always are - for the brave sharing of their life experiences by people with first-hand experience of poverty in the UK. In this case it was two young women talking about being sixteen and homeless in Liverpool. They had us doing groupwork exercises to try to put ourselves in their position, which was challenging enough. Then they told us what it was really like. Which was far worse than we could imagine. Educational? It's so good to be taught by real experts for a change.