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At first glance, you would be forgiven for thinking the Compass Project shop in Gloucester Road is like any other charity shop.
The rows of books, racks of pre-worn clothes, and secondhand furniture section, are much the sort of thing you would expect to find in any charity shop – and Gloucester Road has its fair share.
But it’s the people behind the counter, the volunteers stacking the shelves, and cheerful blokes unloading the lorry at the back of the store, who make this shop something very special.
Each of them has a history of drug or alcohol abuse, spiralling social isolation, and a resulting collapse of confidence about carving out a living in the workplace.