Harlow student visits TV studio for a Royal Surprise

By Sarah Eneberg / 12th March 2018 / 0 Comments

Official Royal Baby photos: Photos released by Kate Middleton A STUDENT who lives in Harlow inadvertently struck gold yesterday, when she visited the ITN News studios and was caught in the middle of a breaking Royal story as the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child. Maddison Davies, 19, a second-year journalist student…

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Crowds turn out for Bishop’s Stortford Remembrance Day Service

By Sarah Eneberg / 8th March 2018 / 0 Comments

HUGE crowds turned out for 2017’s poignant Remembrance Sunday service in Bishop’s Stortford town centre, as respects were paid to the fallen heroes of the past and present. It was a solemn but dignified occasion, with a lengthy parade marching movingly through the town. Young and old gathered together for a Remembrance service and took…

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Harlow rubbish collection under threat

By Sarah Eneberg / 16th February 2018 / 0 Comments

HARLOW Council’s waste collection service is under threat after it was forced to look for a new company when the tender process collapsed. The Labour-controlled council agreed in December 2018 to award a contract for rubbish collection to an unnamed organisation to start at the end of June. However, at a recent meeting of the…

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Harlow’s loos come up flush in national award for Harvey Centre

By Sarah Eneberg / 12th January 2018 / 0 Comments

CLEANLINESS is next to godliness as the old saying goes and Harlow’s Harvey Centre has come out top with its loos being seen as the best shopping centre conveniences in England. The Harvey Centre’s shiny facilities have been named the overall platinum winner for the Loo of the Year Awards 2017 which is a prestigious…

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Former homeless man now devotes his life to helping others

By Sarah Eneberg / 1st December 2017 / 0 Comments

‘I didn’t drink for three years, but I had to isolate myself from most of the people I knew because they were drug users,’ he said.

His father, uncle and grandfather then all died within four weeks of each other and Wayne returned to Harlow, walking all the way from London. The journey took him eight hours and when he arrived at his stepmother’s house he found it empty and that he was homeless.

He said: ‘I originally went to Princess Alexandra Hospital, as I had nowhere to go. I found Streets2homes where I was assessed. I was given a meal and help with benefits.’

Unfortunately it was not to last. Involvement with other drug users caused him to escape to Norfolk.

After working in a club there the stresses of the environment took their toll and Wayne ended up on a beach where there was a 24-hour tent and caravan site with a free washing machine and dryer.

Wayne laughed: ‘I told the locals I was writing a book on coastal life so they would leave me alone.’

Very early one morning he saw a 4×4 vehicle with keys in the ignition on the beach: ‘Something went off in my head and I took the vehicle and drove’. He was eventually arrested and treated for drink and drug withdrawal and suicidal thoughts.

He soon found himself close to death again and decided to give up drugs once and for all. When he stopped his life changed dramatically and quickly.

Wayne immediately re-engaged with Streets2Homes where he now has a job helping Harlow’s homelessness. He told the Harrier: ‘The specialised training has helped me understand my life and now I can give something back by helping others.’

HARLOW HOMELESS CHARITY WORKER TELLS HOW STREETS2HOMES ‘HELPED ME TO HELP OTHERS’

AFTER an out-of-body experience and a life revolved around drug taking, an outreach worker tells The Harrier how his future has been transformed for good with the support of the charity Streets2Homes based in Harlow.

Wayne Hood, 44, a charity employee with Streets2Homes had just been on a specialised psychological training course when he spoke to The Harrier and realised that he had been suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since he was a child. This was a contributory factor to some of the serious problems in his life.

He told the Harrier: ‘Drugs are everywhere, but I think alcohol abuse is the most dangerous as it is socially acceptable and easier for people to access.’

He soon found himself close to death again and decided to give up drugs once and for all. When he stopped his life changed dramatically and quickly.

Wayne immediately re-engaged with Streets2Homes where he now has a job helping Harlow’s homelessness. He told the Harrier: ‘The specialised training has helped me understand my life and now I can give something back by helping others.’

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Harlow traffic: Labour councillor says, ‘I share your frustration.’

By Sarah Eneberg / 28th November 2017 / 0 Comments

COUNCILLOR Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise in Harlow, has described his annoyance at traffic congestion, which plagues the town, especially at rush hour periods. Coun Durcan commented: ‘The problem is because there is only one junction from the M11 into Harlow. It is hoped with the building of a new 7a junction…

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Streets2Homes awards

By Sarah Eneberg / 17th November 2017 / 0 Comments

There was great excitement and benevolence on show at Harlow’s homeless charity Streets2Homes for a special Monday evening award ceremony last October. The charity that helps the homeless of Harlow and those who are vulnerably housed opened their doors to reward those for their hard work and dedication to Streets2Homes, to highlight the success and…

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Streets2Homes day centre offers ray of light to homeless in times of need

By Sarah Eneberg / 14th November 2017 / 0 Comments

BASED in the heart of Harlow, Wych Elm, Streets2Homes provides essential care and hope for those in need of local homes and who are also precariously housed. The site is a bustling and welcoming hub of humanity. It is reminiscent of a large family where clients can come and find a respite from isolation and…

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Dine at Harlow’s Skylight Restaurant and help train the Jamie Olivers of tomorrow

By Sarah Eneberg / 10th November 2017 / 0 Comments

THE SKY is the limit for the catering industry’s newest trainees at The Skylight Restaurant, Harlow College, as they embark on their culinary careers which could secure them jobs in the UK and all over the world. Above the main cafeteria at Harlow College lies The Skylight. It is a modern styled brasserie with clean…

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Local entrepreneurs win ‘Best New Business’

By Sarah Eneberg / 13th October 2017 / 2 Comments

HARLOW Entrepreneurs Lee Jacobson and actor Harry Eden have recently won an award for their business – Secret Quote – which they launched just two months ago. They were presented with ‘Best New Business’, at the Harlow Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Dinner, which took place at the Manor of Groves Hotel on October 5,…

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