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Blue Print.....July edition
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 Blue Print

July edition

I have been homeless four times.
At 19, I moved into the project.  I lost my tenancies because I had arrears, noise complaints (parties) and issues with cleanliness.  I hated the project and the staff, they were annoying.
I constantly refused to meet with my keyworker but staff were always friendly saying "Hi" and asking me how I was but I grumbled and growled in response.  People (mainly family) let me down in the past, why should I trust that the staff were any different.
After some months, I slowly but surely began to trust that they didn’t just want to pry into my life, my past or be made to do things that I didn’t want to.  I really struggled to open up about my past but Pauline and Louise always showed that they had time for me, so did the rest of the staff.  It didn’t matter if you had a good or a bad day, they would listen.  They gave advice when they could (my choice if I followed it or not), they had a laugh with me.  They helped bring even a little normality to life.
Louise encouraged me to use my art as a distraction and gave me pictures and ideas of things to draw.  Self harm was and still is a big part of my life.  Back then I turned to that before anything else.  Pauline and Louise helped me a lot with this, using different coping strategies (ice cream, elastic bands). They taught me to stop bottling things up and when things happen write about it or talk about.
After 19 months, I decided that I wanted to leave the project and the area. I was supported by Blue Triangle to move to Edinburgh.  I have been able to build my life there. I got a job working full time, that I loved. After only a few months I got a wonderful temp flat.
Recently I was given the opportunity to work abroad as an au pair. An opportunity I never thought I would ever get the chance to do. I went for it and now plan to stay for a year to gain experience and learn the language to hopefully become a translator.
As a leaving present to the staff, I drew a staff picture of them as a band (if you ever visit the Alexandria project, they have this on the office wall).
I keep in contact with the staff (mainly Pauline and Louise) and in some strange way it feels like home.  They care, they did and still a year later, they still do.

The Homeless World Cup takes place in Glasgow from Sunday 10th July until Saturday 16th July in George Square. 

 
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Tel: 0141 221 8365 |  email: admin@btha.org.uk
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