Moving away from the streets: John’s story

What keeps us in our homes? Most people say the relationships they have with friends and family, who support them and are there when things get tough.

If you’re homeless, or at risk of finding yourself on the streets, you often have no one to turn to in a crisis which is why finding a home is only half of the solution to the problem. The Connection at St Martin’s helps people like John to be housed, but also meaningfully occupied – whether in work, volunteering or getting involved in activities. Integrating back in to society is key to being happy and sustaining a life away from the streets.

This is John’s story:

“When my wife died I was left to bring up my son. Then when my son left I was left in the house on my own. I didn’t feel right, I started getting depressed. I went back to my family in Yorkshire but I was very depressed and couldn’t stay there.

I started sleeping rough and felt free of it all, that feeling lifted but you can go two ways. You can either get involved in drink and drugs but I wanted to go the other way and get my life started.

I found out about The Connection from a friend and Neil helped me in to a charity project hostel. It’s a big house and I have my own key. It’s a stable place. It’s a big relief to go in somewhere and feels like a weight has lifted. I couldn’t have done it alone, you need help along the way. Workspace helped me get a work trial and after 2 or 3 days I got an email from the Chef saying I had got the job! It’s all going well.”