Living on the street – This is Mark’s Story

Living on the street – This is Mark’s Story

Note: names have been changed - the story remains the same

“It was only when a SPEAR outreach worker met up with me that I began to see life didn’t have to be like that.”

– Mark’s story


books-441866_1920My journey to the streets started with mental health problems and a breakdown. Unable to maintain my rent payments, I was evicted and slept rough in the Ham area for about four months.
I found it overwhelmingly difficult to deal with my circumstances and just couldn’t see a way out of my situation. It was only when a SPEAR outreach worker met up with me that I began to see life didn’t have to be like that.
The head of the Skills Team spent time with me and explained SPEAR’s services and I slowly began to feel I could talk to others and join in activities. I started with the Book Club, then became one of the first members of the Client Involvement Group and even used my IT skills to help edit their bi-monthly newsletter. I’ve taken on other activities too, such as representing SPEAR as a Speaker and participating in fundraising events. This has really helped me to build my confidence and improve my quality of life day to day.

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