Neil gets a second chance

After a childhood spent in care, Neil began living alone at a young age. Without support, guidance, and love, he became homeless.

He sofa surfed for more than two years, and began smoking and selling the highly addictive drug spice as he tried to cope. His drug dealing ended in a prison sentence.

When he came out he had no one left to turn to and began sleeping rough. Spending odd nights in emergency shelters, and using food banks to survive, he still stayed clean of drugs.

With support from local services and Church Homeless Trust, he got a second chance to move into a home of his own. A grant from us funded furnishings that helped him to settle in. He was able to buy basic items such as a bed, fridge and kettle.

He is now able to have his sister and nieces over to visit. He has a girlfriend, and is looking for work. He added: “Thank you for helping get me on my feet.”