A Positive Future For Paul

Due to alcohol, Paul found himself locked in a Church, and after many hours trying to gain attention broke a stain glass window so that he could escape the confines of the Church.

Consequently, Paul was referred to Sanctuary Trust from the prison service as he was due to be released after serving a short sentence for his misdemeanour.

Paul, initially didn't really engage with us and consequently, within a short period found himself being evicted for alcohol use, which was mainly due to association with old friends.

After a while with no fixed abode, Paul realised he had thrown away a good chance of dealing with his addiction and sought, through probation to return to Holborn. Any ex-resident seeking to return is assessed by all staff and in spite of some reservations was given a second chance.

This time at Holborn Paul was focused and engaged very well within the project, trying to deal with his addiction. He kept his probation and CAIS appointments and with his willingness to give a bit back to society, regularly participated in the soup run. Paul also spent two days a week on voluntary work and also got himself signed up with the Duke of Edinburgh award for the over twenty fives.  Paul also re-established his relationship with his family, regularly visiting them in Holyhead.  As he was doing so well, this gave him the incentive to look to moving on in to independent accommodation. This wasn't openly encouraged by staff at Holborn, as it was looked as a step for the future and was far too early in his recovery, especially as he would need extensive floating support. 

Despite this advice, Paul continued to investigate the possibilities, and due to changes within our own move on accommodation was able to offer him a place with support from both staff here at Holborn and a staff member dedicated to floating support within the project.

Paul accepted the move on place and continued to do very well, especially as he had the continued support of staff here at Holborn, which was often voluntary due to lack of funds and staff.

In conclusion, I have to say P's recovery has been remarkable, making the most of Holborn's programme and the floating support which was paramount in his recovery albeit, often voluntary.

Paul has now moved on in to totally independent living with no support apart form the occasional correspondence from a few.


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John Priestly


Sanctuary Trust works with homelessness and homeless related poverty and emergency homeless issues. God's Sanctuary was the vision of Sheila Halsall after seeing the level of homelessness Rochdale and later the homelessness Conwy and the substance misuse such as Drugs and Alcohol. By Providing emergency shelter for the homeless in supported housing services funded mainly through Supporting People we assist other providers such as Shelter homelessness, Petrus and Stepping Stones who are also supporting people through women's and men's hostels and floating support. We also have a Nightstop (crash pad). With our work in Wales we partner with Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) as they provide financial help for homeless through emergency shelter and their Supporting People funds. There are different kinds of accommodation available but what is needed is good quality supported accommodation with a strong business and development plan. We have also provided consultancy service to help others move closer to an answer to homelessness. Our social enterprise company, Sanctuary Trust Enterprises runs Noah's Ark Play Centre, The Storehouse Charity Shop.