James is 58, and became street homeless in 2015. He was diagnosed with psychosis and schizophrenia in December 2015, and also suffers from asthma and reduced mobility due to a crumbling vertebrate and sciatica.
He was placed in a local homeless hostel in December 2015, and after being referred for housing he moved to Bethany House in March 2016.
After moving to Bethany house James said:
“I feel that this has given me a safe environment in which to continue my recovery. I am no longer sleeping rough and this has reduced my vulnerability.
If I hadn’t moved to Bethany House I would be sofa surfing and sleeping rough. My physical health would have declined and I may have ended up in hospital or even died. I feel that now I have a safe home, I am supported with letters that I don’t understand and have support for my medical appointments.
I feel like with support I can gain the skills required to help me move back to independent accommodation.”