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Companion Stories – Jason

On 26TH September 2017, Jason went into a day centre in Brighton to ask for help. They supported Jason’s move into Emmaus Hull as a companion the same day.  He had previously lived in a travelling community all his life. Over the years Jason moved around and had an interesting childhood. From a young adult Jason gambled a lot and at 45 years old he wanted to change his life around and have a fresh start. Jason found it hard when he first came into Emmaus as he wasn’t used to routine or the stability of living in a house and not travelling around. Jason started to enjoy having a purpose and keeping busy with the voluntary work at Emmaus. Jason has come into his own and has undertaken a lot of training offered by Emmaus such as Buddy training, Fire Marshall, First-Aid, Customer service, Key-holder, Warehouse & Storage NVQ level 2. J He has recently finished a work placement at Hull maintenance and really enjoyed it. Jason has certainly turned his life around and is now moving on to new pastures with a  Painting and Decorating job and he is also moving in with his new partner. Quote from […]

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A Long but Rewarding Journey

The outreach team have been working with a female, long-term rough sleeper with heroin and spice addictions. She has also suffered domestic violence at the hands of her former partner and childhood sexual abuse from her father, which has led to a lack of trust in people, low self-esteem and mental health issues. She wasn’t engaging with any other services at this time, other than us. Over a lengthy period of time, the team built up a good relationship and trust with her as well as her new partner. The outreach team had made several appointments to set up an ESA claim, which she kept missing or declining to attend. After lengthy decisions about accommodation and which hostel she would be happy in, the Crossings was identified as suitable – but only if her partner could go with her. With accommodation scarce, accessing two rooms at once would be very hard but if she occupied the next room that became available, her partner would be the next on the waiting list. However, when the next room did become available it was declined. However, the following day the outreach team persuaded her to move to the room, which this time she […]

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From Rough Sleeping to Independent Living

Whilst no one chooses to sleep rough, for those that have spent a prolonged period on the streets, it can be difficult and daunting to accepting support. The outreach team have been working with a rough sleeper for an extended period that normally insists there is nothing the team can do to help him. However, after a long conversation we identified some areas that we could support him with, such as helping him get back in contact with his family and accessing appropriate benefits as he was finding this process too overwhelming. Additionally, he was suffering from anxiety on a daily basis that made aspects of his life difficult. The outreach team built up a relationship with this rough sleeper and supported him to a doctor’s appointment so that he could obtain a sick note and discuss concerns about his anxiety, which had lead to substance abuse, particularly to help him sleep on a night. Now, with support from the outreach team, this rough sleeper has progressed from never seeing a GP to attending numerous medical appointments and has had numerous blood tests. He has also been placed on some anxiety medication to help with the symptoms that he is […]

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