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Equinox Nine Lives, Ann’s story:

“Hello, my name’s Ann and I’m nearly 55. I’ve got 4 daughters, who I love very much, and I’ve got 3 grandchildren. One’s 10 and the other two are 5.

“Like, if I haven’t seen them for a little while, they always come running over to me, ‘Nanny, Nanny’. And then they just give me a little cuddle. I think they love their Nanny.

“When I was little, me Mum used to knit baby booties for my youngest brother. And I used to finger knit. Then as I got older, I started to do my own knitting and I ended making my daughter a big blanket for the bed, two colours.

“If I’m unwell, I feel suicidal. And I get a lot of horrible thoughts in my head. That I don’t want to be here anymore.

“I feel different. I feel in a way that I’ve let my children down. But you’ve got to try and be strong and say, no, you couldn’t be there for them then. You’re there for them now.

“You could lock yourself up with pain and not want no-one to know and then it just gets worse and worse but if you can talk it out, sometimes you can get that little bit of support and it makes it ten times better.”

Involvement & personalisation

John works with Lewisham Council tender evaluation panel

4th February 2015

John, Equinox Lewisham: “I do the tender evaluation panel with Lewisham Council, working with Donna Peters. We look for ways to make better use of supported housing in Lewisham and Southwark and we look for good qualities in service providers who have made bids. I represent Equinox there, so I talk about what’s happening here […]