Below are four short stories about people that came into our emergency accommodation and have moved on. All these anecdotes have been anonymised.
CR was our very first client; he was made homeless following the breakdown of his relationship. Staff supported CR bid for houses, eventually CR was successful, he now has his own flat and is rebuilding his life.
RP was a highly educated lady, she had moved to the Manchester area to complete a Masters program at a local university. Following difficulties with her tenancy RP was evicted and became homeless. She received support applying for housing associations, as she didn’t have any rent arrears from a previous tenancy, her age and flexibility also helped her find a flat very quickly.
US originally came to stay with us at STEP from late 2014 sporadically up until March this year following an eviction from Leopold Court. US eventually moved on to a Stepping Stones project but came back to us following an eviction. A short time after returning to us he was offered a place at Tekoa House and again returned back to us following his eviction from there. It was necessary for US to address his lifestyle and the issues that presented such as, benefit sanctions, anger issues and inappropriate behaviour/ boundaries. Initially US was reluctant to make positive changes to his life and struggled to motivate himself to take action and address the issues that were preventing him from moving forward. Through the guidance and encouragement from STEP staff and support and training sessions with John (Reintegration Worker) we were able to secure him a bed within our Halsall House project where he is currently doing well.
HX lost a placement at another more permanent hostel because of rent arrears, he went to move in with his dad but became homeless when his father was sectioned under them mental health act. HX was able to pay all his service charge at the STEP project, he showed he had learnt from his previous eviction. HX had been using amphetamine for 20 years prior to this placement, but to his credit he was often clean during his time at STEP and engaged really well with DAAT services. After his father was released from hospital he had the opportunity to move back in with him, HX left soon after.
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Y life saved after RSI intervention
Y was found rough sleeping by RSI and accepted into Halsall House in summer 2021 due to being homeless in Rochdale with no local connection. He stayed in Halsall house receiving support and staying drug free for several months. He completed “The Way Out” course alongside Narcotics Anonymous meetings and was doing well. Around November
Adam gets a Job!
My Journey with Sanctuary Trust began after the covid lockdown ended in November 2020. I had spent lockdown bored and depressed like a lot of other people and spent a lot of time considering my options for when lockdown was over. I decided to email John Wigley to ask if I could volunteer in the
Steven have hope for the future
I started smoking cannabis at the age of 10 and crime became a daily thing, this resulted in me being in and out of prison most of my life. I progressed to harder drugs and became institutionalized towards the last few years of my addiction. I was either on the streets, homeless or in prison
My life turned around
I was very young when I started experimenting with drugs, this led to being in and out of prison because of offenses in trying to get access to more. At 36, I got a long term prison sentence, and I lost contact with my family and basically had no one. I was released from prison
My journey from deaths door to seeing the light and coming back to life.
My name is Allan Wood and this is my story. I grew up in Chadderton, Manchester. I had a good upbringing my parents did everything they could to provide the best for us. Before addiction I was into sports, swimming, golf, pool, and football. I often think if I could of have a career in
Sanctuary gave me opportunity to work with them and progress with them
I used to wake up and think, do I drink or do I kill myself? It was a very depressing time, felt like this for years. I am now at a point where I don’t feel this way. I don’t feel the need to drink, I am now 18 months sober. I still have my