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Reform Magazine | April 24, 2018

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I am…

I am… hungry

27/03/2018 |

Going hungry on the bread line

My benefits are all over the place. I am on jobseeker’s allowance, and I get £72 a fortnight at the moment for me and my two kids, who are nine and eight. That’s after … Read More

I am… a former porn addict

23/02/2018 | 1

Virginia Nicholls tells her story of overcoming porn addiction

Shame is a feeling that sticks to you like glue. It is hard to pick off. When you do try to pick it off, it can leave marks behind. It can … Read More

I am… an ex-rough sleeper

26/01/2018 | 2

Our columnist describes life as a rough sleeper

After having my own place and starting my own business, I had to move back in with my parents. There was a family bereavement, which had a massive effect. I was very … Read More

I am… on universal credit

24/11/2017 | 1

‘If it wasn’t for my kids, I might have killed myself. This system is just horrible’

I waited nine weeks for universal credit. They told me they didn’t get the form they needed, so I sent it off again. Then … Read More

I am… a former heroin addict

31/10/2017 |

Chrissie tells her story of heroin addiction and recovery

I never wanted to conform. Growing up, what excited me was risk. Adrenaline was my first drug – that, and fantasy about being someone else, someone who felt free. Not feeling … Read More

I am… a foodbank user

22/09/2017 |

Using a foodbank for the first time at 58

The first time I went to a foodbank was about 18 months ago. I was working in a sub post office, as a manager, on a very low wage. I was … Read More