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As Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal, Fi Glover hears about the challenges of homelessness on the streets of London, as well as conversations about politics and activism.

As Radio 4 launches its Christmas Appeal, Fi Glover hears about the challenges of homelessness on the streets of London from Gemma and her case worker at The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, as well as conversations from Kent and Shropshire about politics and activism - or lack of it.

The Listening Project is a Radio 4 initiative that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain in which people across the UK volunteer to have a conversation with someone close to them about a subject they've never discussed intimately before. The conversations are being gathered across the UK by teams of producers from local and national radio stations who facilitate each encounter. Every conversation - they're not BBC interviews, and that's an important difference - lasts up to an hour, and is then edited to extract the key moment of connection between the participants. Many of the long conversations are being archived by the British Library and used to build up a collection of voices capturing a unique portrait of the UK in the second decade of the millennium. You can upload your own conversations or just learn more about The Listening Project by visiting bbc.co.uk/listeningproject

Producer: Marya Burgess.

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Donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

Donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

Donate online to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal.

Call 0800 082 82 84 to donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

Call 0800 082 82 84 to donate to the Radio 4 Christmas Appeal

This link will take you to the Christmas Appeal Charity donation page on St Martin's site

Animated conversations

Animated conversations

Listening project conversations brought to life by talented young animators.

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey

Fi Glover and Jane Garvey roam the fields of broadcasting talking to interesting people.

Find a conversation

Find a conversation

Broadcast across Radio 4 and on local radio stations across the UK and Northern Ireland.

The British Library

The British Library

The Listening Project is a BBC Radio & British Library partnership.