Supporting Homeless Scots in London

James’ story

James is 2nd generation Scottish, his father came from Glasgow. He lived in Aberdeen for over seven years before becoming homeless due to a deterioration in mental health (diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia) stemming from childhood abuse.

Homeless in Westminster, James had significantly high support needs around mental health, physical health and substance dependency. At a local day centre he gained access to primary services including a hot meal, shower, washing facilities’ and a safe space. He was then referred to Daniel Harman, our Scottish Outreach Worker, who linked him with services he needed to gain support for his issues.

After seven months of street homelessness in Westminster, James secured accommodation in a homeless hostel. Daniel applied for grants for James to support him to settle into his new home allowing him to purchase household items varying from basic cutlery and crockery set to a new television, all of which have helped him to adjust and adapt to life off the streets in a new environment.

With his new confidence, James soon wanted to get involved with training and life progression. As a result, Daniel supported him to apply through Borderline for a grant to attend a local education course, which was successful. He is excelling in this course and is looking forward to a new future.

James continues to sustain his tenancy, reports stable mental health and plans to find his own private rented accommodation. Daniel continues to visit him fortnightly in the community to discuss his progress and any worries over a cup of coffee.

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