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Robert's Story

(Our client’s name has been changed to protect their identity)

Robert is a 57 year old man who has spent most of his life living on the streets or with his elderly Mother. He has a physical addiction to alcohol and consumed cannabis on a daily basis. He is also suffers from epilepsy.

Robert’s mother relocated to the Gloustershire area while he was in hospital for an extended period of time with a broken neck. He fell during a fit on a bus when under the influence. When Robert was discharged from hospital he discovered that the house where his mother lived, had been sold. He had nowhere to go. Robert ‘sofa surfed’ for several years. When that option, and his friends, ran out he found himself sleeping rough.

In desperation Robert came to the Stonepillow Hub in Chichester. He wanted to get off the streets for good and make a better life for himself. He attended regularly and engaged well with the help that was offered to him by Stonepillow until he was admitted to hospital again after falling and damaging his neck again. Once again Robert was discharged onto the street homeless.

Desperate but determined to overcome his addictions and escape from a harsh life on the street, Robert managed to access safety and shelter at the Stonepillow Hostel in Chichester. Here he received support from his assigned project worker to help him to manage his addictions. Since accessing support Robert has started engaging with his new G.P. for his alcohol addiction and epilepsy. He attends our recovery and life skills workshops on budgeting, health and housing, and has weekly appointments with local substance misuse services.

Following a great deal hard of work and determination Robert was ready to take the next step and he has been accessed for Stonepillow’s supported accommodation, a huge accomplishment for Robert. Stonepillow has enabled Robert to address his problems and he hopes that with our support, his next step will be his own tenancy in the private rented sector.

Robert says “Stonepillow has been incredibly helpful and has got me out of a lot of trouble. I have been able to learn new skills and am looking forward to my recovery. I am extremely grateful.”