After his divorce, Phil Hill turned drugs for comfort. His life was spiralling out of control until he was referred to a supported housing scheme in Hull.
“I went off the rails after I got divorced and ended up on drugs. I started shoplifting to feed my habit.”
As with all Emmaus schemes, residents at The Orchard, known as companions, are required to work a minimum of 40 hours a week in return for a roof over their head, food and a daily allowance. The community is supported by a social enterprise including a cafe and retail space which sells upcycled household goods.
Phil says: “I’ve learnt a lot since I’ve been here, not only about (qualifications and work) but also how to treat people. Without places like this, there would be a lot more crime on the streets. It’s a lifeline for desperate people. For the first time in a long time, I look forward to waking up in the morning.”