Borderline

Supporting Homeless Scots in London

Tom’s story

Tom, 36 years old, was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. An only child, he who lost both of his parents in quick succession in 2012, leading to him suffer from bereavement and homelessness issues.

With a long history of homelessness, he became street homeless in London in October 2017, having also been homeless in Hull, Scarborough and Leeds before then.

Since October 2017, he has been working with Borderline’s Scottish Outreach Worker, exploring accommodation options in partnership with The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields. This was until he was knocked down by a car in July this year, resulting in being admitted to St Mary’s Hospital with numerous significant injuries including a broken arm and leg, and serious head injury leading to a bleed on the brain.

Following a stay at St Mary’s, Tom was referred to Charing Cross Hospital in their Cognitive Neurological Rehab Unit (CNRU). The Scottish Outreach Worker visited him in hospital when he was first admitted and supported him through his stay there.

Our Outreach Worker liaised with hospital staff and homeless hostels to organise accommodation for Tom on his discharge. In mid-September, he was accepted by a local homeless hostel (Edward Alsop Court) which was deemed suitable for his support needs. Tom continues to reside at this hostel and is working towards both his physical recovery and his recovery from street homelessness.

We continue to support Tom with grants to obtain essential items to make his accommodation more homely and to support him sustain his tenancy.

If you would like to find out more about our Scottish Outreach worker Project, please visit www.borderline-uk.org/scottishoutreachworker.