Players

Players

There is often a hard edge to humour on the square.

The street party

The street party

Regulars of the square gather outside a friend’s house during a local street summer party.

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 If you refuse to hand over your beer, there are consequences.

If you refuse to hand over your beer, there are consequences.

Bianca

Bianca

Bianca suffered terribly from domestic violence. 

Eric

Eric

Eric was homeless for many years and is a good friend to many around Gillett Square - a small corner of east London where a vulnerable group gather for mutual support.  

Adrift

Adrift

The struggle,  for many, is with alcohol or alcohol is a symptom of the struggle

Vitali rest in peace

Vitali rest in peace

Vitali was found dead in 2014 near the square with a needle in his arm.

Graham

Graham

In 2013 he hung himself.  New welfare rules meant he was assessed as "fit for work" and would have to move out of his apartment because he had a spare room.  The strain was too much for him.

Nina

Nina

Nina has recovered from alcohol and drug abuse and is taking positive steps to put her life back on track. She desperately wants to move out of temporary housing so she can live with her daughter who is being fostered in the UK. In 2019 she gave birth to a lovely baby girl and both are doing well.

Nina at the club

Nina at the club

Nina at her favourite DJ pub, where she can escape for a while from her worries.

Michelle looks in the mirror

Michelle looks in the mirror

Michelle at her party

Michelle at her party

Michelle needs a powered wheel chair to get around.  She is constantly in battles with her housing association to improve the quality of her apartment and has been threatened with eviction for having loud parties.

In the early hours

In the early hours

Contemplating wasted years

Contemplating wasted years

P spoke eloquently and vividly about the hold that heroin addiction has over his life. The sacrifices he has made and the waste of a promising career in music. Faith in God has helped him to continue to look forward.

From "oxy" to heroin

From "oxy" to heroin

Since relieving childhood trauma with her aunt’s oxyContin medication J rapidly became a heroin addict. Her promising studies as a nurse in tatters, she must survive on the streets and hope she survives another winter.

Bianca

Bianca

Life in the square

Life in the square