Our growing collection of stories from people who have first hand experience of what it means to be homeless and marginalised.

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Sheena 3

I would say to anybody reading this that life can be turned around. There is help and support out there. 10 years ago I would never have imagined that I’d be where I am today. Working with MSP has helped me to come out of my shell, to talk about my past, and I feel so much better for it. I actually think that I can dare to hope for nice things in my future.


My long walk began when I was dropped off at Heathrow airport… Well, perhaps dumped would be a better word with £40 in my pocket. Who would do such a thing? Family! Imagine how I felt watching them drive off.

David 3

I was very successful at what I did. I’ve been a Rep, I’ve been a sales manager. I’ve always been in sales or something connected. I’ve been in senior management positions with companies and you got rewarded for the amount of effort that you put into it and the results that you’ve delivered.


At 14, left home and moved in with a lad. I didn’t comb my hair or brush my teeth for years. I think it was my way of keeping people away. I got into drugs, Coke and crack, and for too long I didn’t look after myself properly. For over 20 years I was lost. The lost years I call them. No relationships, no jobs, no goals.

Jo 2

I suppose one of the reasons I got the job is because of my lived experience although I didn’t put that on my CV, its not something I put on my CV but the mayor’s job was because I’d got that lived experience. I don’t go into meetings going I’m here as someone with lived experience because I’ve moved on from that, I don’t introduce myself as that anymore because people in the room don’t need to know.

Danny 2

There’s a little bit of a stigma between me and the mayor in that I refused to shake his hand once but I shook his hand on Monday and I was really glad to see him.


My final meeting at work was with my union rep and 2 high ranking managers. They told me that if I didn’t return to work full time and with full responsibilities on the Monday of the next week then I would be dismissed under section 4 of some policy or another. Alternatively I could resign with a month’s pay.

Norm 2

I am 64 years old twice divorced, and an ex offender. Trying to find gainful employment, at my time of life, is proving to be one of the most demanding tasks of my life. Trying to even get an interview for a job, at sixty four, is bad enough, but the task is doubly confounded by being an ex-convict.

Rob 2

I’d spent time in hostels and shared housing and found these difficult. It was hard not having my own space, especially cos I was dealing with shit at the time. Having that space and security has made it easier to improve my life. Just after we spoke I got a catering job. A flat and a job. All my problems solved. Ha, as if.


Billy used to pass my house quite frequently and I thought, I do fancy you.  I had just started the sale of my house and had recently bought a brand, new bike.  It was red and silver and very flash.