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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. (Some names have been changed to protect sensitive experiences)

Stockwell music studio

Our new music studio has been featured on The Sunday Morning Live Show, Sunday 10 October, 10.30am, BBC1. This episode showcases the dedication of Evolve worker, Manny, based in our Stockwell service. What began as an effort to fix a single piano in our young person’s lounge, led to the creation of a full recording […]

Shannon Kim Beecher, 23

Up until her sixth birthday, Shannon and her brother had lived in the care system. She settled in West Norwood after her adoptive parents, having originally planned on adopting one child, took in both siblings. But growing up for six years uncertain, unstable, and confused had eroded Shannon’s mental health and sense of self-worth. When […]

Andrew Sharrow, 19

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic families have been put under increased strain. Living spaces that were questionably small before, have become claustrophobic with the addition of lockdown measures. For Andrew, this has meant spending almost all his time in a two-bedroom apartment that he shared with his brother and mother. While struggling to contend with the […]

Gabe Purcill, 17

2020 was undoubtedly challenging for many people living in London, but for Gabe it’s been more than that. It’s been a test of character, confidence and strength which led Gabe to leaving his abusive family home during lockdown, after it all became too much. “It always felt toxic, but it got to a point where […]

CJ, 18

When you mention music, CJ comes alive. It’s that one thing that brings him the most joy in life. “I want to produce something that’s broadcast to thousands of people in films, on TV or through the radio. I just want my music to be heard.” CJ came to Evolve in September 2020 after a […]

Joe Talbot, 22

“I’ve been a victim of abuse my entire life and lockdown led me to leaving.” In 2020, Joe’s home life worsened. Having endured years of abuse at the hands of their mother, things only worsened when the pandemic meant Joe couldn’t escape their abuser. “The pandemic meant both me and my mum were home all […]

Tyrell Davis-Douglin, 20

Everyday Tyrell gazes out of his window and up at the Alto apartments that stand out looking over London. “That’s the apartment block I want to retire in. It’s an empowering thing to wake up and see that building every day. That’s where I want to be. Before I even came to Evolve that was […]

Adam

“I went from prison to rough sleeping but now reoffending ain’t 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 […]

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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