When I was younger I was a painter and decorator. I lived with my partner. She died and after that I got depressed and stopped caring about life.
I started doing alcohol and cocaine, and got into arguments with customers about late payment. I lost my job. Since I have been homeless I have done shoplifting and got in trouble with the police quite a bit. I have been to prison several times.
Recently I have had an operation and am in quite a lot of pain. I have to claim for ESA because I am not fit for work. Filling in the forms is really hard.
My mum still loves me but I couldn’t move in with her because she couldn’t cope with what I was doing.
When I came to the Project, they asked me what I needed help with. They went with me to the council to apply for a flat, and got together some furniture for me. I am settled and seeing the drug and alcohol worker from RBWM Resilience to help me with my addiction issues.
Things are getting better, and I hope to be able to go back to work in the future.