Inspiring Stories

Inspiring Stories

Dave's Story

"Having a good night’s sleep and someone to talk to has made all the difference, it’s changed my life.”

 

Dave had been attending the Soup Kitchen at Hampden St. periodically for over 5 years. He was doing his best to stay in work, working zero hours contracts but lost his job, a regular income and eventually his flat. Once homeless things started to spiral and he began sleeping on park benches, trying to cope through drinking and drug taking.

 

He explained his situation to the team at the Soup Kitchen, was quickly referred and offered a place in our Supported Housing Project. Upon entering the project, Dave was offered help dealing with the council to get his benefits sorted and agreed a support plan with progress milestones including a target for getting back to work. Once settled in, he began volunteering in our coffee shop, helping out across the charity and taking part in our wellbeing activities, which included visiting a local woodwork project.

 

Since joining the project and receiving regular support, Dave is feeling much more positive about the future:-

 

“The charity has helped me in all sorts of ways, having a good night’s sleep and someone to talk to has made all the difference, it’s changed my life.”

 

“If I was still homeless, I would have been drinking and back on the drugs.”

 

“Since I’ve been at Hospitality & Hope, it’s somewhere safe to be and there’s someone to talk to.”

 

Dave’s plans are to get back into employment and get his own place again, working with his Support Worker to take positive steps towards this.

 

“Over the last 2 months I’ve been more settled and looking ahead I’m hoping to have a new job soon, all thanks the support I’ve received.’

 

The photo used below was taken during our client wellbeing photography programme

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