We went from speedboats and holidays to living in a car for a year – it has been a difficult journey for us both. With the help of Turning Tides, who went above and beyond, we are on the right path to turning our lives around – and coming out stronger on the other side.
I am in a happier place now but it has always been difficult right from the start. My parents were were 14 and 16 years old when I was born and I was neglected. Throughout my life I’ve experienced every type institution – care homes, mental health services, prison, hospitals – but only Turning Tides managed to help me turn my life around. They never gave up on me.
I left with my life in one suitcase – I never thought in a million years I would be homeless myself. Turning Tides has saved my life. They gave me support, encouragement, made me feel safe and just gave me time to be. I will be forever thankful.
I don’t have to lie, to steal, to cheat, to sneak around, to live underground or live in chaos anymore. I can be me. Turning Tides has turned my life around – they literally saved my life. I now have a chance of a normal life – I really don’t want to mess this up. I eventually want to work with addicts to inspire them that if I can do it, if I can change the course of my life, then they can too.
I am unable to share much of my experiences of homelessness. I still feel incredibly anxious now recalling that time in my life – particularly my state of mind, the way I was treated and the awful experiences I had living on the street, constantly feeling afraid and alone. However I do feel compelled to talk about the invaluable care and support I received from Turning Tides when I needed it most.