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.  

Players

Players

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

 The daily game of cat and mouse and antagonism over public drinking.

The daily game of cat and mouse and antagonism over public drinking.

 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. 

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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.

 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.

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.

Nina at the club

Nina at the club

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

Candice

Candice

Michelle looks in the mirror

Michelle looks in the mirror

Max in his kitchen

Max in his kitchen

Max has been alcohol dependent since his early teens.  "If I don't have a brew in the fridge in the morning, I'm in trouble".

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.

Rest in peace Graham

Rest in peace Graham