Welcome to Ballast, our new client magazine. It’s designed to highlight the amazing work we are doing here at Cranstoun City Roads. It’s going to be our showcase and mouthpiece for the great support on offer and for the creative output of our fantastic clients.
Welcome to our poetry magazine. We are a group of poets who have experienced the world of addiction. However in the world of poetry, we are only known as poets. These poems are a collection of differing styles and themes and we have decided to simply be known as Mending Bridges.
These poems were written in the creative writing group which is run at Bath Road every Thursday at 2pm. If you would like to come along and enjoy the creative side of yourself, please contact your key-worker.
All poems are owned and written by the Mending Bridges Poetry Group and hold all copyrights 2013.
Switch is a Young People service in Portsmouth delivered by Cranstoun which provides a single point of access that meets young people's needs bringing together services such as housing, offending and mental health. We aim to provide wrap around support for young people.
The service operates a one stop shop, attracting and engaging and supporting developing young people who are most at risk of harm due to their substance misuse. It also operates an outreach service offering the young people at a place suitable to them, this includes schools, collages and home.
The book is the result of a writing workshop devised by local children’s author Philip Bell, founder of the independent publishing house ‘Beachy Books’. In early 2013 Philip was awarded a grant from the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult & Community Learning Department. His idea was simple yet ambitious: to deliver a publish-a-book project that went all the way from initial conception to a finished book, aimed at inspiring learners, to lead them onto further educational opportunities and employment. Over a period of six months, Jay, Mikey, Natasha, Shelley, Neil and Jake attended Philips’ writing workshops, that included XXX, XXX and XXX. These workshops pushed our six intrepid service users out of their comfort zones, getting them to draw on their rich life experiences to produce a collection of moving, and at times brutal, stories. It was an emotional and challenging experience for them, but they are all incredibly proud at what they have achieved.