I was self-employed as a bricklayer for 25 years. Then I had a stroke and I couldn’t work at all. My relationship with my wife broke down and I had to leave my home. Not knowing where you are going to sleep each night is very stressful. I’ve stayed on friends’ floors and in temporary accommodation – it’s a horrible feeling not having a place to call home. All I had was a bag filled with clothes.
In time I was referred to the winter shelter run by Transform. I arrived at the shelter feeling frightened but eventually I started to feel better. We all supported each other by sharing our experiences and giving advice. The staff were tremendous, they were really soothing and I felt like I could actually relax there.
Now I’ve moved on to my own flat. It almost felt like my feet didn’t hit the ground – the shelter to the hostel and then my flat.
I was then offered a room at Transform’s hostel in Walton-on-Thames, which was a great relief. Because of the stress I had been unable to sleep, but at the hostel I slept like a baby. The staff were great; I felt that I was in good hands. My keyworker has been working with me from day one. The support is great, they listen to every little thing.
Now I’ve moved on to my own flat. It almost felt like my feet didn’t hit the ground – the shelter to the hostel and then my flat. A lot of people from Transform have helped me to get here, I am very grateful for that. I’ve been supported by Transform all the way.