After 10 years in military service, Andrew worked in the security sector until 2014. Just before Christmas that year, everything changed when he was made redundant and his relationship of 16 years broke down.
“I was thinking, how am I going to get myself out of this situation? It feels like a big hole and you don’t know how to get out of it. So you have to start rethinking things.”
Andrew decided to move back to Yorkshire to be close to his family. Yet without wishing to be a burden to anyone, he spent four months homeless, sleeping rough and on friends’ floors. Eventually Andrew made contact with Wakefield Rent Deposit Scheme, and in July this year Andrew moved into a flat he can now call his own. With a grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund, Andrew was able to buy a bed so he could enjoy a good nights’ sleep.
“It’s a big difference. It’s different from sleeping on rough or cardboard or anywhere… or just in a corner. It’s a big difference. You feel more relaxed. You’re not thinking I’ve got to do this or I’ve got to do that. You can just wake up and feel normal.”