Dave’s story

Dave was living in a hostel but after issues with his benefits and his rent not going through he was evicted. Finding it difficult to get into safe, shared accommodation where he could get some peace and quiet, he chose to sleep out. Friary made that bearable.

“I can come here five days a week now with the new service and get a shower, breakfast, food and clothing. The facilities here are good and the expectations on the service users are high so people naturally conform and there is a less chaotic atmosphere.

“I tend to distance myself from most people who sleep rough who might have drug or alcohol problems. I want a private place that I can sleep – somewhere that feels safe and away from most people where I can sleep without interruption. I’m mindful that I should not allow it to become comfortable. People allow homelessness to become normal but I don’t want that. Homelessness puts obstacles in your way and restricts what you can do. You can’t go home and rest when you want to and can’t do a traditional job. Not a good way of life for anyone. I’m aware of that and try not to see it as normal. I have aspirations

for other things in my life. I want peace of mind so need to get a place of my own where I’m not in conflict with anti-social neighbours but it’s not easy to find.”

“Friary is a place to come, to shower, have breakfast and get clothing. I’m looking for volunteering opportunities because that gives me a sense of contributing to society and using my mind to do something creative.”

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