Scott, 49 lives in Lambeth. Whilst growing up, he left school early to care for his father who had dementia and never got any qualifications. As an adult, he faced more trauma. He kept his feelings all bottled up and with no support, he was heavily in debt and facing eviction. Under this constant pressure, he felt the walls closing in. Our welfare systems should have been there for him. 

With the support of Single Homeless Project, Scott has put his life back together, maintaining his tenancy, getting on top of his finances and feeling more confident. 

“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 Single Homeless Project 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.  

“Rio, 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. Knowing that there’s someone out there who 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 benefitted so much from the support that Single Homeless Project gave me and I wanted to do something for others too. During lockdown, I knew some vulnerable people in my neighbourhood who were shielding so I’d 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 always chatted with them through the window. Sometimes our chats can go on for half an hour and, honestly, it helped me as much as it helped them.   

 “My experiences have shown me how important it is to talk about your feelings and connect with other people. That’s 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!”