The Newsletter With No Name

Posted by on 11 April 2012 | 1 Comments

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There are many ways service users at Equinox can get involved - always with the main aim of helping service users to build skills and confidence to move on with their lives.

Equinox service user newsletterIn this article, we focus on "The Newsletter with No Name" - the quarterly magazine created by Equinox service users.

Editor of the newsletter, Chris, explains:

"When the service user newsletter was first set up, the idea was to make it look and feel like Private Eye. It's come such a long way from the first issue until now.

"The theme for the next issue is the Olympics. I'll be writing a comparison of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to running the marathon. Another piece will be about rough sleepers being moved out of the capital during the Olympics. We want to include as much humour as possible in the Newsletter with no Name - so I'm also calling for submissions from Equinox service users on ideas for alternative Olympic Games.

The inspiration to write...

Chris also talked about the importance of creative writing to his recovery from addiction and homelessness.

Equinox service user newsletter"I was on the streets. Everything was going down and down for me. I decided to keep a journal. I could remember things from my twenties and thirties but I found I couldn't remember what anything had felt like. I found I wanted to write more so I got involved in a creative writing group in Brighton. And then I was published in The Big Issue.

"Over the past few years, I've been published hundreds of times - in The Big Issue mainly, but I also came third in a BBC poetry competition, been published in various anthologies and I've written and performed radio monologues. This is all from someone who has no formal qualifications in writing."

Chris's ultimate goal is to set up a non-profit organisation taking creative projects into day centres around Brighton.


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  • Love the fact this newsletter has morphed in simply 'name'. Think it is well presented with some really hard hitting news items. Some of the content is moving without overdoing it. Look forward to the next issue and feel extremely proud that our service users have such a good hold on this product. Why aren't you charging for it?

    Posted by Michael Twamley, 07/08/2012 10:13am (5 years ago)

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