Scott, 49 lives in Lambeth. He came to SHP a year ago when he faced eviction and was heavily in debt. With the support of our Lambeth Floating Support Service, he has maintained a secure tenancy and his mental health has greatly improved. 

“My life has always been difficult. I left school without qualifications because I had to drop out to look after my father who had early onset Alzheimer's. Back then men weren’t really allowed to talk about their feelings so I kept all my emotions bottled up. In adulthood I faced more trauma and turned to alcohol to help me cope but it just made things worse. 

“When I came to SHP I was at rock bottom. I was about to lose my flat and I couldn’t cope. I felt really helpless and I just didn’t know what to do. I was going to court to be evicted and I knew I’d be on the streets in a matter of weeks. I would sit in my flat with the curtains closed because I couldn’t face anything. 

“I was referred to SHP, and introduced to Rio, my support worker. She helped me put my life back together. It sounds so simple but sometimes getting a call from her to check on me was all I needed. Knowing that there’s someone out there that cares makes all the difference. 

Today I’m coping so much better. I’m managing my finances and I feel a lot more confident in myself. I still have some difficult days but compared to where I was before, I’m like a completely different person. 

Scott is thrilled with the support that he has received and wants to pass it on. He is keen to help those around him who have been affected by the pandemic 

My support worker helped me put my life back together. It sounds so simple but sometimes getting a call from her to check on me was all I needed.

“The pandemic has been hard on everyone. I’ve benefitted so much from the support that SHP has given me and I want to do something for others too. I have been helping vulnerable people who live in my neighbourhood 

There are a few people I know who are shielding so I go and pick up their shopping for them. I know how isolated you can feel if you live on your own, especially at a time like this, so I make sure I always chat with them through the window too. Sometimes our chats can go on for half an hour and, honestly, it helps me as much as it helps them.  

My experiences have shown me how important it is to be able to talk about your feelings and connect with other people which is why I’m determined to stop the people I know from feeling alone. Having someone to talk to changed my life. Now I love waking up and opening up the curtains as wide as they’ll go!”