Real Life Stories

Terry

First Base, our resource centre for rough sleepers in Brighton and Hove has stayed open during the Covid-19 pandemic, but with reduced numbers to keep everybody safe. When the government launched its ‘Everyone In’ initiative, ...
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Paul

Paul is a 49 year-old man who was street homeless in Brighton for four years, suffering from heroin, crack cocaine and alcohol addiction. He also had multiple physical health difficulties. For a long period of ...
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Neil

Neil started sleeping rough around two years ago. He was suffering from physical and mental health problems that had been exacerbated by life on the streets. When he first started coming to First Base, Neil ...
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Martha

Martha was referred to Shore House following an intentional overdose of prescription medication that nearly proved fatal, and which resulted in a hospital admission. As Martha was too physically unwell to travel, the Shore House ...
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Helen

The Whitehawk Inn is known locally for being a valuable community support resource and adult education centre, but also provides services beyond this, for example offering specialist debt advice. Helen was referred to us by ...
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Charlie

For most of us we get our identity and status from what we do.  BHT’s Intern Programme was set up to prepare people with a history of homelessness, mental ill health or addictions to make ...
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Mike

Every year our advice services in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings prevent hundreds of families and individuals from becoming homeless. The impact of this is huge: fewer people on the streets, less demands on local council ...
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Baddar

For some it comes as a surprise that BHT runs an immigration and asylum legal service.  The overwhelming majority of those we work with are ‘unaccompanied minors’, young people and children arriving in the UK ...
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Frankie

The Hastings Young People’s Service does what the name suggests, providing accommodation and support for homeless young people in Hastings and St. Leonards.  Frankie came to the service in October 2016.  She had held a ...
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Brendon

Over the last couple of years, BHT’s Addiction Services have noticed an increase in the number of ‘second generation’ addicts.  They were children who grew up with one, or both, parents with a severe alcohol ...
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Anna

Not all BHT’s mental health services are residential.  The Threshold Women’s Counselling Service provides a lifeline to many women.  This is the account of one of them. "I found out about the service through Survivors’ ...
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Ja

Recovery from mental ill health and moving into independent accommodation can take several years and requires individuals rebuilding many parts of their lives.  This is the account of one client from the Route One Project, ...
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Simon

Mental health problems are a common thread amongst many of BHT’s clients and we have a range of specialist mental health services, including the Archway Project in Hove. Simon moved into the Archway Project in ...
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Mo

Shore House provides accommodation and support for people with multiple and complex needs.  That means they will have a combination of alcohol and drug addictions, mental health problems, and other chaotic or destructive behaviours.  Often ...
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Enes

Increasingly we are working with people who are in work or who become homeless having lost their job. Our Accommodation for Work Project was set up to help people like Enes.  He worked as a ...
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Becs

Helping someone off the streets is not as simple as just providing a roof over their head.  Becs was referred to our 52 bed hostel, Phase One, in April 2013 having lost her accommodation. She ...
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Michael

Around half those sleeping rough in Brighton and Hove have a local connection.  Others come to Brighton for many reasons: the image of the city that has attracted many of us, perhaps a happy childhood ...
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