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Our Homelessness Stories

Real life stories from people who have experienced homelessness. Learn how they found their pathway back to independence with support from Evolve.

Wayne, 50

I served a life sentence then slept rough in a park for nine months When Wayne smiles it’s like clouds parting. Prison and then homelessness have swallowed a third of his life but he’s come out the other side. At 50, he’s putting it all behind him. He’s calm now, happy even. It all started […]

Donna, 50

Donna’s eager to get her laptop working, she’s been doing e-learning courses to retrain as a sign language therapist. “I just need to get these brain cells working,” she says. Sitting in an office in her supported housing in Croydon, it’s clear she’s brimming with determination to get back to work. Things started to go […]

Lesley, Evolve Counsellor

Last year in September, I started as a volunteer counsellor at Evolve as part of my psychotherapy training. In the few weeks before lockdown, I was aware that face to face counselling with my clients might not continue and that alternatives were going to be needed. It felt like a sudden loss to no longer […]

Adam

I went from prison to rough sleeping but now reoffending aint even in my vocabulary When Adam May was in prison for a second time – on a 28 day recall for non-attendance of probation – he felt hopeless. He thought this would be his life now – bouncing between prison and the streets. He […]

Flavio, 22

Flavio was a dazzling young footballer who had risen up the youth ranks of Crystal Palace and then West Ham. But in his late teens he was stabbed and almost died. After being released from hospital he became homeless and at the age of 20 he sofa surfed for seven months, sleeping on the couches […]

Sharon

Through receiving highly creative and tailored support at Evolve, Sharon shares her story of how things have improved since coming off the streets: ‘Before I came to Alexandra House, I was very low, I lost a lot of weight and I knew that I could not carry on with the life that I was leading. Now […]

Sheldon

When I was living on the streets I did everything I could to make sure that people wouldn’t find out that I was sleeping rough. I would make sure that I was hiding, that no one saw me bedding down or knew where I was. I was scared about what people would think about me, […]

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