Barry’s story

Without this happening to me I probably would have remained on the streets.

“I arrived at Riverside as a rough sleeper due to being homeless for a number of months and prior to this had been evicted from emergency hostel accommodation provided by the local council due to my behaviour and non-payment of my rent”.

“I had been homeless on and off over the previous 12 years after I lost my permanent accommodation. I had been without any income for over 9 months and this had impacted on my behaviour, my ability to take care of my own needs and make choices about my life”.

“I had also been committing offences of wasting police time, thefts and public disorders over the last couple of years and as a result was well known to the police and mental health services”.

“Riverside supported me to gain access to health services such as doctors and opticians and mental health teams to manage both my physical and mental health issues. Working with these services enabled me to develop coping strategies to deal with negative thoughts and behaviours, such as thoughts and actions of self-harm. The support I received from Riverside helped me to develop more positive and productive coping mechanisms to enable me to have better and more successful relationships with friends and services”.

“One massive change was the support I received to gain access to welfare benefits/pension and even access to a savings account. This also developed my money management skills and enabled me to address debts I had run up prior to arriving at Marsh Way House”.

“The team worked with me and their support meant I could manage my accommodation within supported housing and then prepared me for my final stage move on into the community. At this point I was helped to find suitable and secure accommodation in an area I wanted to live in and also gained access to Riverside’s floating support services”.

“I never believed I would have anywhere I could call home, because in the past nothing had ever worked out for me and I did not feel like anyone cared about me”.

“Without this happening to me I probably would have remained on the streets”.

“Through this support I achieved a sense of belonging and for the first time in a long while I was hopeful about the future within the community and my ability to maintain future accommodation. I never believed I would have anywhere I could call home, because in the past nothing had ever worked out for me and I did not feel like anyone cared about me. I felt part of something at the supported accommodation and although I moved I still feel a sense of belonging with Riverside.

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