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Leeks so green

The Edge is buzzing. There’s activity and excitement. Those not helping to load the van are standing at the top of the stone steps in the sunshine. Sammy poses for me with a plastic crate full of Ferrero Rocher. Jeff … Continue reading

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Maverick and anarchic

…continued With all the busyness and chat, I decide to take Casey outside where we sit on one of the picnic tables. Their Challenge project started with making leather belts and pouches, teaching others the traditional methods of this particular … Continue reading

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“I’m wearing one with my dickie bow”

Angela is taking me to meet the Brixham Berserkers this afternoon, and Laura is coming along too. I’m not sure how much she is able to glean about my working method, I hope it’s worth her while. Angela leads us … Continue reading

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The complete jigsaw

This is the second part of Aryden’s story… On our way back up Bolton Street I ask Aryden about his own experiences. “I’m sure Dad won’t mind me telling you that we haven’t always had the most amazing relationship at … Continue reading

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The false fruit gâteaux

There’s a discussion in the kitchen. “Shall I do the pasta bake or shall I do nachos?” Ayrden is asking Angela, although he’s really just thinking out loud. “No, I’ll do the pasta bake,” he says, not waiting for an … Continue reading

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Out of the comfort zone

This is the continuation of Rachel’s story… “These are the courts now,” she says, leading me onto four Tarmaced tennis courts. “I badgered the council to repaint the lines – I told them I would do it myself if they … Continue reading

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“She’s a celebrity”

For the third morning on the run I am woken by gulls shrieking, cawing, squawking. Actually I’m now convinced it’s only one gull, a particularly nasty one that’s got it in for me. But maybe that’s just 5am paranoia. Rachel … Continue reading

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Everyone is a beneficiary

This is part two of Victoria and Jade’s story… A young girl comes over to our sofas, sits on the floor by the heater and rests her head in her arms on the low table. “And what do we call … Continue reading

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Sister act

There’s a scaffolding tower outside The Edge when I walk back in, back to base. Angela’s husband Jeff is erecting the large wooden Y-E-S letters he has made in the workshop, one YES on either side of the doorway. My … Continue reading

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Not the way the world should go around

Rather than in installments, Becky’s story is published in full. You’ll see why… A few minutes later Becky has made us all hot drinks and we take them upstairs to her living room on the first floor. It looks out … Continue reading

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