Our Stories

Our Stories

A collection of experiences from the people we’ve worked with to give a little insight.

John

I am an ex-service man. I had PTSD without realising it for years. I was holding down a service management job, but I walked away from my job my family and went to live in the woods. I spent one week in the woods until I ended up knocking on the Harrogate Homeless Project’s hostel door.

The Harrogate Homeless project got medical treatment for me, supported me through my illness and rehomed me. I am now a volunteer at Springboard, the day centre.

Philip

I suppose it all comes down to alcoholism really. There was an incident of domestic violence that was caused by drink. I left by choice after that as I didn’t want my daughter and her mother homeless. It was self-induced I suppose.

I am not homeless any more. I still battle with alcoholism and it causes me issues. I have more of a home, which is not necessarily mine, but it’s a home. The Harrogate Homeless Project helped facilitate that, and without them I don’t know where I’d be.

‘I bought these shoes when I was working – a previous life. I was a research scientist for 20 years. I have all of these small reminders of what I used to be, its all been stolen by alcoholism.’

Clare

Lifestyle, situations, and the wrong people at the wrong time. I was young and I was easily led, I went on binges and partied all the time. When you’re 18, its hard to have anywhere to settle and call your own. My upbringing was toxic, it started from a young age. Mum had mental health issues and didn’t know how to cope. The Harrogate Homeless Project’s hostel was good as it helped me manage, gave me structure and a routine. You know you have to take part, and it sets routines; if you have never come from that, you don’t know any different. I have my little boy, I have got a permanent roof over my head now. HHP support me even now through their day centre, Springboard. They have the time for you, they help with calls and are happy to help. They always greet with a smile, without prejudice and judgement, even if it’s just a normal conversation. They treat you like a normal person, and it gives me a reason to get out of the house even if it’s just to have some lunch. This really helps with my anxiety.

John

I am an ex-service man. I had PTSD without realising it for years. I was holding down a service management job, but I walked away from my job my family and went to live in the woods. I spent one week in the woods until I ended up knocking on the Harrogate Homeless Project’s hostel door.

The Harrogate Homeless project got medical treatment for me, supported me through my illness and rehomed me. I am now a volunteer at Springboard, the day centre.

Philip

I suppose it all comes down to alcoholism really. There was an incident of domestic violence that was caused by drink. I left by choice after that as I didn’t want my daughter and her mother homeless. It was self-induced I suppose.

I am not homeless any more. I still battle with alcoholism and it causes me issues. I have more of a home, which is not necessarily mine, but it’s a home. The Harrogate Homeless Project helped facilitate that, and without them I don’t know where I’d be.

‘I bought these shoes when I was working – a previous life. I was a research scientist for 20 years. I have all of these small reminders of what I used to be, its all been stolen by alcoholism.’

Clare

Lifestyle, situations, and the wrong people at the wrong time. I was young and I was easily led, I went on binges and partied all the time. When you’re 18, its hard to have anywhere to settle and call your own. My upbringing was toxic, it started from a young age. Mum had mental health issues and didn’t know how to cope. The Harrogate Homeless Project’s hostel was good as it helped me manage, gave me structure and a routine. You know you have to take part, and it sets routines; if you have never come from that, you don’t know any different. I have my little boy, I have got a permanent roof over my head now. HHP support me even now through their day centre, Springboard. They have the time for you, they help with calls and are happy to help. They always greet with a smile, without prejudice and judgement, even if it’s just a normal conversation. They treat you like a normal person, and it gives me a reason to get out of the house even if it’s just to have some lunch. This really helps with my anxiety.

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