If this all feels rather hard, there is likely to be good reason for you to feel that way. Years of controversy, shame, guilt and secrecy have resulted in this topic feeling too hard, too messy and simply too complicated to unpack for many people.
Most people aren’t talking about their experiences at Centrepoint for very good reasons. An open conversation is exposing, and who knows who might join in and attack, blame or invalidate others. It may make you feel frightened of what others will think of you to acknowledge your connection to the place, or worried about how it will affect those you love. You may still be very much under the shadow of secrecy and lack the desire for open dialogue. For most people with an experience of living at Centrepoint, coming to talking openly amidst these complex emotions will be challenging.
But I encourage you to take a risk here, and consider breaking your silence if you have been silent, or rethinking how you view your past if you have never thought to see it any different before. This is a new conversation and we are just starting along a path which is fragile and uncertain. Take a risk here. You will be respected and your privacy and confidentiality will be treated honourably.
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NORTH & SOUTH
NORTH & SOUTH
Anke Richter tells the story of her emotional journey through the labyrinth of the post-Bert Potter world of Centrepoint Community. In her efforts to research a book on the commune she encounters psychological complexity and finally accepts that it is too hard. Instead in this article she profiles the stories of some of the people who lived there as children and teenagers and the trauma they experienced, which is still unacknowledged by the majority to the adults who lived there at the time.